When Sir Alex Ferguson announced his intention to retire last season, half of Manchester panicked, while the other half had a grin from ear to ear.
Most football fans will have realised it would take an exceptional man to come in and get the team playing the way they were under Ferguson. Many said that David Moyes was a safe choice. Similar to Ferguson, it was obvious the board wanted to give him time to build his own legacy at the club.
But what has happened is that teams around United have strengthened in their own ways. Rivals Liverpool have brought in some fresh faces but are buoyed by the return of Luis Suarez after his 10-match ban.
Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil on deadline day, a move that has seen Arsene Wenger’s team put in some impressive performances since signing the German for £42.5m.
Manchester City have made numerous additions all of which are unproven in the Premier League, but with a new manager also, it will take time for everyone to gel.
Tottenham spent the vast fee they got for Gareth Bale on a world class glut of players including the likes Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela, and have unearthed a new hero in Andros Townsend.
Chelsea arguably did the best in the summer, but not in the player market. The 'Special One’s' return has breathed a new lease of life into seemingly spent players like John Terry.
In contrast, United seemingly panicked with a massive bid for Maruoane Fellaini on deadline day, and didn’t get their man with Leighton Baines. Ander Herrera seemed to be heading to Old Trafford but that deal broke down rather embarrassingly.
The squad they have should save Moyes though, and the transition to his style will take time. They have world-class players all over the pitch. Rooney and Van Persie are keeping a quality player like Hernandez on the bench.
The defence may need looking at, despite the huge potential shown by talented young duo Phil Jones and Chris Smalling (both England internationals). It may need a big-money defensive name in January as the average age is older than it should be, and the back four can look a bit weak at times.
In a squad that was Fergie’s, they will be so used to his ways that they have to adapt to Moyes’ methods and practices.
It will take time, but United can still fight for the title this season if they play to their potential.
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