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Manchester United 2013/14 v Everton 2012/13: A comparison

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David Moyes has been getting a whole load of stick recently. Some of it seems pretty justified - he hasn't played up to the strengths of what could have been a winning team this season, plus has booted out backroom staff, which probably isn't a sure-fire way to earn the respect of the players of his squad.

But some of it, doesn't seem quite right to me. Here's why...

Since his arrival at Old Trafford he's reportedly ignored the advice of his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson.

It's all fair and well trying to stamp your mark on a winning team and 'make' the club your own - but as the old saying goes 'if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it'.

Waving goodbye to those more informed staff that know the ropes of a previous league winning team (sorry, make that 20th league title) would seem legitimate, if there was an obvious reason why! Which unfortunately to most fans, isn't obvious.

A very disappointed Eric Steele, United's former goalkeeping coach, told fanzine 'United We Stand' that he "didn't want to leave" and that Moyes "wanted to be his own man".

Steele wasn't the only one to go, assistant manager Mike Phelan and first-team coach René Meulensteen also kissed goodbye to their jobs at Old Trafford.

All of the above, of course combined with the surprising resignation of Fergie at the end of last season and United's poor positioning in the Premier League table, leads us all to point the finger at Moyes.

However, a quick comparison shows that perhaps it isn't just 'poor David' to blame.

This time last season (2012/13) Everton had won five out of nine games overall under the watchful eye of Moyes. A quick glance shows a similar story for Manchester United so far this season - they too have won five out of nine games played.

By September 2012 the Toffees had won four out of six Premier League matches; the Red Devils have won three out of seven this season.

Tell me those facts don't look grossly similar? With a one game won difference in Premier League matches - that hardly looks to be an appalling comparison.

But, of course, I can see why there is so much uproar. Put so eloquently by Eric Steele, Moyes has essentially gone from "Marks and Spencers to Harrods" taking on a "massive machine".

So, although it seems like United are in similar stead to Everton's previous season performance under Moyes, actually in comparison to their last season under Sir Alex Ferguson it's disappointing.

But come on, maybe we should give the guy a break. He's clearly still adjusting to taking on a new team - whoever the new manager would have been would have struggled taking on that much responsibility - not only to the players, but the fans too.

The poor start is probably due to a combination of factors, not just poor management and there have been whispers of team morale being low in the locker room.

Maybe, just maybe, that's something that can only recover over time.

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