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Manchester United: Are things as bad as they seem?

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Manchester United are currently enjoying their worst start to a Premier League season in 25 years and have suffered humiliating defeats to both Manchester City and West Brom.

Some fans and pundits have said that David Moyes' men are in a mini-crisis, but are things really that bad at Old Trafford?

Firstly, we have to consider that United have a new manager. While the Old Trafford faithful do believe Moyes is the right man to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, they appreciate it will take time.

Even Ferguson had some tough times at the beginning of his trophy-laiden spell at the helm and was very close to being sacked.

So while things don't look positive at the moment, you would think as the season develops that the squad would adapt to Moyes and begin to perform as we know the players can.

Secondly, the fixture list for Moyes has not been kind. City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the first six games was never going to be easy.

Had those results been scattered over the season, even the City result, there would be less of an emphasis on the critical evaluation of the team, especially when you consider that the majority of United's title rivals had relatively easy starts in comparison.

Even the West Brom result may not have looked so bad in isolation - upsets happen every season, that's part and parcel of football and it's why we love it. United lost to Norwich last season and still won the title, so one or two slip-ups do not necessarily put an end to one's title chances.

Finally, the transfer business conducted by United. Almost all fans will admit Moyes made poor moves.

While I believe Marouane Fellaini to be a very good capture as he adds that solidness that United have lacked in the past, he was not enough.

City spent nearly £100 million and it showed in the derby. Arsenal splashed out on Mesut Ozil and we can all see what impact he has made.

While this United squad won the league last season by a significant margin, they haven't been able to do it against these current teams.

Others have developed while United have become stagnant and as a result it could cost them. We cannot forget the loss of David Gill as United's chief executive either, particularly with regards to their transfer dealings - or lack of.

Gill was a brilliant negotiator when it came to transfers and Ed Woodward still has a lot to learn and in time he will learn how to do it. But there are some positives in the transfer market.

Wayne Rooney stayed at Old Trafford and that's already paid off with his recent performances.

Wilfried Zaha finally arrived from Crystal Palace, and while he may not be playing at the moment, his time will come and he will, I'm sure, be a success at United.

Even now the introduction of Adnan Januzaj has been like a new signing. His goals against Sunderland demonstrated his potential and how much more there is to come from him.

So while there may be some difficult times at the moment for United and Moyes, there are better times on the horizon for the new manager and his team.

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