It is now official that this has been Manchester United's worst start to a Premier League campaign and the natives are restless. Just six games in and some fans are calling for David Moyes' head.
In some quarters, this is received as quite harsh treatment as he was lauded as an ideal replacement for the irreplaceable Sir Alex Ferguson. It has been tough going as United sit in 12th place after winning only three of the first six games.
The fear factor seems to have gone from sides that used to be massively intimidated when visiting Old Trafford. This was proved on Saturday when Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion strolled in to The Theatre Of Dreams and upset the applecart with a highly impressive 2-1 victory against the champions.
There has been an air of negativity surrounding Moyes, who opened things by bemoaning the fixture list and their tough start. That start was no more difficult than a team such as Aston Villa's, but Paul Lambert's men have just gotten on with things.
The biggest error of judgment by Moyes would be making wholesale changes to the coaching staff. Eric Steele, Phil Whelan and Rene Meulensteen were all dispensed of - a huge mistake in my book. It is almost a knee-jerk reaction for a new manager to make, bringing in their own entourage. This has no doubt hurt United's early Premier League form and players will take time to adjust to the new set up.
It has been reported that Moyes will be given a £50 million 'warchest' to spend in January. Is this possibly the same £50 million they had at their disposal in the summer? The same £50 million they were throwing all around Europe in desperation to get anyone into their squad?
Numerous players were bid for in the summer. The Ander Herrera 'deal' was a calamity and Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas was never going to sign - although it took Moyes about three failed bids to realise this.
There was a very late bid for Fabio Coentrao which was also unsuccessful after Moyes gave up on any chance of landing Everton's Leighton Baines. I do not see how United can land world-class players unless their form changes dramatically. As we all know, it is early days and a string of good results can change confidence and undoubtedly improve their position.
You do have to wonder, though, if United would have found it as difficult signing players if they had a more recognisable figure at the helm. I would be surprised if half of their targets even knew who Moyes was.
Moyes' next test is on Wednesday night when he takes his troops to Ukraine to take on renowned giant-killers Shaktar Donetsk in the Champions League. This will be a massive test and the pressure will be on again as the whole world watches.
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