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David Moyes set for a defining week

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David Moyes faces what could be a defining period as Manchester United boss this week.

The next few days consists of a Premier League home fixture against Crystal Palace, followed by Moyes' first foray into Europe's elite competition when United host Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. The week is then capped off with Moyes' first taste of a Manchester derby when the Red Devils head to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City.

Of course, the coming week will have no bearing on whether Moyes remains in the United dugout. This is a club that prides itself on continuity and longevity and it is far too early in the season to be hiring and firing managers.

What this week is, however, is a defining one. A week that may have an influence on how United's season will end up - positive or negative. They could either find themselves high on confidence or ten points adrift of the top of the table and will certainly look to avoid a nervy start to their latest European campaign.

United are notoriously slow starters though, but that has been a United side under arguably the greatest manager of all time in Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot is a man unphased by pressure, be it from the media or his own fans. Moyes might prove that he shares those same characteristics, but it remains to be seen. 

Additionally, this week will prove how effectively Moyes rotates his squad and will either raise questions over his team selection or not. That is something Ferguson excelled at during his tenure as United boss, despite often getting headlines for his abrasive man-management skills and winning mentality.

A club of this size is obviously unchartered territory for the newly-appointed United manager, but so are the resources and personnel at his disposal. At Everton, the 50-year-old was working with a limited budget and a threadbare squad. This week will be an indication of how well he utilises his new squad.

Moyes has already come under the firing line from United fans for his non-selection of playmaker Shinji Kagawa, with the Scot opting for Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young to start or to make an impact off the bench in United's previous games.

Kagawa was said to be frustrated with his lack of chances under Moyes and even reportedly questioned his value to the club, but nevertheless still seemed confident of taking his chances after impressing at international level.

Moyes has important decisions and selections to make on Saturday and many of them could be scrutinised. If United come out of a tough schedule with six points and a Champions League win, Moyes will have answered many of his critics. But, even three points from Palace and City and a draw or a loss to Bayer Leverkusen could be demoralising to Moyes and his players in the long run.

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