In the past, under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United had a secure, guaranteed place in the top four of the Premier League. But now, with fellow scot David Moyes in charge, their dominance is a fraction of what it was.
The change of management after more than 20 years will certainly take some adjusting to for the club and players alike.
Training methods, fitness regimes and tactics will all be different.
The similarities in nationality and their stern methods of management is where the likeness ends. Granted, Moyes has only been in charge of United for a relatively short space of time, but it’s already becoming clear he will never replicate what Ferguson had. This season he will lead United in a very unprosperous campaign.
Moyes does have the opportunity to bring in a signing or two in the January transfer window, but the squad certainly needed the four signings he was aiming for during the summer window. Moyes clearly did not make the changes necessary to make an impact and stamp his own personal touch on England’s most famous football team.
United’s rivals are all playing impressively at the moment, posing a major problem to Moyes and the team.
Chelsea are a top class side, with Mourinho at the helm and with a handful of new talent introduced in the summer, they pose a serious title threat.
After bringing in the tactical mastermind that is Manuel Pellegrini, along with arguably the best squad in the league, Manchester City are out to win their title back.
Arsenal, similar to United, haven’t made many signings, but they do, however, have a squad good enough to challenge for the top positions.
Lastly, Spurs: they’ve spent big this summer, with the new additions; the north London side have a strong enough squad to qualify for Europe's premier club competition this time round.
A poor start to the campaign isn’t the end of the world for a club, but in Manchester United’s case, it has set the precedent for the rest of the season.
The teams they look to be competing with in the Premier League are all performing solidly at the moment, posing a major problem for United. The top five teams are all playing very well, rarely dropping points. If this consistency was to be kept throughout the remainder of the season, United wouldn't stand a chance of catching up, regardless of how well they begin to play.
Finally, the morale in the United camp at the moment is low, very low; stories are leaking out of unhappy players and players demanding a change within the united set-up.
Understandably, the players and manager alike will be frustrated with the poor start made to the campaign, but a low morale will be a great hindrance when, at this moment in time, pulling together as a team is exactly what United need to do.
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