David Moyes faces a vital week that could define his reign as Manchester United manager.
In the coming week, following Saturday's 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace, and after that Moyes faces his first Champions League fixture as United host German side Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night. The week finishes with Moyes' first taste of the Manchester derby as United travel to the Etihad Stadium.
Despite this important period, results in these games shouldn't have any bearing on Moyes' future as Manchester United are a club that pride themselves on longevity. But make no mistake this week could have some influence on how The Red Devils' season ends up.
Additionally this week will also show how effectively Moyes will be at rotating his squad. This is something that Sir Alex Ferguson was a master of as he knew exactly when to leave players out and when to bring players in.
Moyes has already come under scrutiny from some United fans for the lack of game time given to Shinji Kagawa, with Moyes opting instead to go for Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young in recent 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 while on duty with Japan.
Moyes has some important decisions to make in the coming week and however the results turn out this is set to be key to his reign as Manchester United boss and could define their season, and he will be hoping to endear himself to the fans even further by winning at City next Sunday.
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