Talk of David Moyes being sacked, or needing to be sacked, is ridiculous and premature.

But Sir Alex Ferguson's successor needs to gee up his team, and to get them to really kick on in this run of upcoming home fixtures.

None of the upcoming tests can be described as easy for Moyes and his boys, but all of them are games that United fans would have expected their team to win under Ferguson. Moyes has to start delivering to these standards sooner rather than later, or the Red Devils are in serious danger of missing out on Champions League football next season.

Forget everything that has happened to this day, and focus forward.

After playing host to Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, United will welcome Stoke and Norwich to Old Trafford in the Premier League. 

A win against the Basque side would put last year's Premier League champions in firm control of Group A and leave them free to focus their minds solely on the league for a while.

The two fixtures against the Potters and the Canaries are the perfect opportunity for six points. People may have said that about West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, but it's fair to say those sides have been playing a little better.

Both Stoke and Norwich are struggling to score - something that will aid the confidence of a slightly fragile-looking defence, of which Moyes needs to decide as soon as possible who his first-choice centre-back pairing are. Constant rotation will do the side no good in this department. 

If wins can be achieved here, away fixtures against an also-struggling Fulham and Sociedad will look less daunting - although again, the pressure will need to be applied, and really, given the drab start to the campaign, United have to secure a win at Craven Cottage.

If three victories are achieved from these three league games, with Champions League knockout qualification being nearly achieved as a bonus, it could act as the springboard Moyes and the team need - and boy, will they need it, because Arsenal and Tottenham follow.

They cannot afford to drop any more league points in the next three games - not least because they will fall further off the pace, but they need to regain confidence and momentum going into those two big league games. 

For your title hopes, it's now or never, Mr Moyes.

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