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David Moyes: Can he handle the pressure?

David Moyes is under huge pressure to perform (©GettyImages)
David Moyes is under huge pressure to perform (©GettyImages).

David Moyes' less than convincing start to his Manchester United managerial career continued on Saturday as they were held to 1-1 draw by Southampton at Old Trafford which leaves the champions eighth in the table and eight points off league leaders Arsenal.

Whether Moyes can make a success of Manchester United still remains to be seen, and taking recent performances into account visitors to Old Trafford - rather than parking the bus and looking for a point - now seem confident of all three, something that never really happened under Sir Alex Ferguson.

United's play is ponderous and predictable at best of times and there have been some strange team selections to say the least. Shinji Kagawa seems to have been shunned by Moyes and he could have been the attacking midfielder they were trying to buy in the summer he just has not been given a chance.

Moyes' appointment was a strange one, although many people believed it would be a good one. The conspiracy theorist within me would have you believe that Ferguson made this appointment because Moyes can be controlled - he has walked into this job possibly with his eyes tinted. This is his first experience of managing a club with very big resources and it shows. 

All summer United were chasing a creative midfielder to supply the firepower for the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, but numerous bids failed.

Adnan Januzaj has been impressive for the Red Devils but you would have to ask yourself has he been picked out of necessity or judgement. It was only when Moyes failed with his targets that he even got a look in. Maybe that was the stroke of luck he needed. 

The Champions League returns this week with the visit of Real Sociedad, and the pressure will be on Moyes' men to perform again.

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