Manchester United have been known to start their seasons slowly but this year, with the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and the appointment of his successor David Moyes, there is an altogether different feel about the place.
In previous years United would have been confident that they could still turn their season around.
United struggled during the summer to bring in any of their top transfer targets and were left scrambling right up until deadline day to strengthen their squad.
This was not the Manchester United we have witnessed over the Fergie years. Quite often in the past United did their dealings quietly but effectively and very rarely got embroiled in deadline day madness.
Already this season they have been defeated by arch-rivals Liverpool and last weekend they were humbled 4-1 by title, and city rivals, Manchester City.
Two defeats against sides such as these have cast serious doubts over United's title credentials this season. The manner of the defeat against City will have been concerning for United, their supporters and certainly David Moyes himself. The destiny of the title can quite often be decided by such games.
Seven points from five games, languishing in eighth place and five points off the top of the table is not what United would have expected.
David Moyes is still clearly getting to grips with the managerial job at United and this season is perhaps the season where he will try and find his feet and come to terms with the managerial role at the club.
As he is considered the long-term replacement for Sir Alex perhaps this is what he and the club both need. After all Ferguson wasn’t an immediate success at the club.
Are Manchester United supporters happy to write this season off if it means longer-term success for the club?
Moyes will be under no illusions of just how big a job he has undertaken. There are different pressures at United than Everton. With all due respect to the Merseysiders they
no longer challenge for silverware every season, unlike United.
However, credit must be given to Moyes as he has decided to break free from his comfort zone and take on the greatest challenge of his career. However, there are a lot of managers up and down the country who will be envious of Moyes and the opportunity he has been given.
What do United supporters make of Moyes' first few games in charge?
Obviously United will go into every game to win it and they still have a fantastic chance of winning all the trophies on offer this season.
Professional pride is at stake but I cant help feeling that this season is somewhat of a watershed in the life of Moyes and Manchester United.
The January transfer window could be a huge time for the club. Moyes may decide that he will need to strengthen the squad in key areas. In my opinion, Juan Mata should be at the top of his shopping list as his creativity and talent could prove to be a vital ingredient that is possibly missing at present and he appears to be unhappy at Chelsea.
Despite signing Marouane Fellaini from Everton, United did not capture the one high-profile player that can further develop them and keep pace with their other rivals.
Rumours continue to suggest that United did offer big money for Gareth Bale but in the end Real Madrid won that battle and United seemingly were left with no plan B.
I, for one, hope that David Moyes succeeds at United. He has earned the right to be
a manager at the highest level. Only time will tell, though.
United supporters can't be overjoyed with their opening to the season but what do they
think will happen in the future? Please comment below.
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