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How David Moyes can salvage Manchester United's season

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For the past 23 years, Manchester United fans have been spoiled by the successes of the greatest football manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson.

For the last two or three years there was an eerie feeling that retirement loomed for the manager and it was always going to be a difficult day for United fans across the world.

When word finally came that he would be retiring, supporters of the club were anxious about who would take on one of the biggest jobs in football.

Mourinho? Klopp? Pep? No, it would be a manager that many deep down felt was always going to take the job but had difficulty admitting.

May 9, 2013 was the day that Manchester United Football Club announced that David Moyes would be the heir to Sir Alex Ferguson.

To say that the trophies were piling up for Moyes at Everton would be a lie, but there is something that Sir Alex Ferguson saw in his Scottish compatriot that a lot of us are having trouble seeing this early in the season.

Ferguson saw a manager that knew how to be consistent, get the best out of average players, and was a leader that commanded a great deal of respect.

Most seem to forget that Ferguson's first couple of years did not generate much success but he was given the opportunity to build a squad that would eventually go down as one of the greatest teams in European history.  

The older generation of Manchester United fans have had an easier time accepting the transition period as they have been through it before.

The last game of the season Ferguson said "Get behind your manager!"  and this was always going to be a learning and transitional year for the new Scottish manager.

What will be considered a successful season for David Moyes? Would it be winning the Premier League? Winning the Champions League? Fans must be realistic in what the squad is able to achieve this year and most would agree this was a side that won the league last year because of the genius of Ferguson.

Moyes failed to improve some of the deficiencies and he is now paying for it with the performances of the squad. 

The season doesn't have to be failure and here are some of the ways that Moyes can salvage the season:

Bring in reinforcements in January:

It's usually considered a desperation when teams are buying big names in the winter transfer window, but at this moment United can use some serious improvements in some areas. 

Leighton Baines would be a great buy in January for Manchester United.

Will Everton over-charge for Baines? Absolutely. But at this point Moyes owes to the United faithful to bring in a big name that would instantly improve the squad.

Given his performances for Everton and England in place of Ashely Cole, it might be justified spending £20mil+ on the left back.

Evra and Buttner have shown their defensive frailties this season and Fabio has recently expressed an interest in moving in the upcoming window. 

Alex Song is another interesting prospect that would be a great fit into the United midfield, adding real quality alongside Carrick or Fellaini.

He is a proven Premier League star and with it being a World Cup year, Song will be looking for game time to regain form. 

Resign Adan Januzaj:

If Januzaj were to walk away on a free this summer it would mirror Paul Pogba leaving for Juventus. Januzaj has proven to be Manchester United's most promising youngster, and has given fans a real reason for hope.

Moyes and Woodward must make it their number one priority to keep hold of Januzaj before they bring in any players in the January window. 

Concentrate on a top-four finish and a Capital One Cup or FA Cup win: 

United are not ready to be a legitimate competitor in this years Champions League.

The European giants like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Borrusia Dortmund all have better squads at the moment and it would be extremely difficult for United to take down any of them with their current form.

The positive is that it will give Moyes some much needed experience in the European game and it can only benefit him in the long run.

It might be worth it to Moyes to use experimental attacking squads in the Champions League to better understand what he is working with.

Obtaining a top 4 finish in league has to be the top priority of Moyes because without Champions League it could be catastrophic in terms of losing key players, and attracting top class players.

One of the main concerns about Moyes early this season has been his conservative tactics in big games.

Winning a Capital One or FA Cup would be a huge stepping stone for Moyes - he was never able to win any trophies at Everton and this would give him the confidence and trust in his squad.

It would also give fans reason to believe that Moyes is capable of winning trophies while he is manager at Manchester United. 

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