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David Moyes still has work to do

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It's hardly been a secret that David Moyes hasn't had the most perfect of starts at Manchester United. The Scot sees his side sit in eighth in the Premier League after 10 games, however they have also taken seven points from three Champions League Games and have a place in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

Home slip-ups have been a major factor behind the criticism aimed at the former Everton boss. A defeat to West Brom - as well as dropped points against Chelsea and Southampton - at Old Trafford has seen some pressure put on Moyes. In the league, United have looked average. 

In defeats away to Liverpool and Manchester City, the current champions looked very much second best. When in front, however, United have looked good and at some points you wouldn't have noticed much of a difference if you compared the performances from a game in the 'Fergie' era.

Of course, time must Moyes and there have been some positives. The Champions League campaign, for one, has been a lot better than expected. Some of United's best football this season has come in Europe.

One performance that particularly sticks in the mind was the 4-2 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen. United looked strong, creative and impressive. Shinji Kagawa and Marouane Fellaini cut apart Leverkusen's weak defence with imaginative passes through to Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Obviously, there is a massive chunk of the season to come - including the January transfer window. This is a window in which Moyes will definitely be looking to make amends for a poor summer which saw United miss out on several of their top targets.

If given a decent budget, Moyes will surely be looking for a holding midfielder, relieving the pressure on Michael Carrick who has looked slow and lacklustre all season long. A winger is also much needed as Ashley Young has had a horrific season so far along with Nani.

Antonio Valencia has looked the best of the three, but little product into the box will be a worry. Calls for Wilfried Zaha to be given a chance in the first team have grown increasingly louder, however I doubt he is the answer to the wide problems. Players like Lars Bender and Alexis Sanchez would be perfect for the team and could well turn the season around.

So the answer to the hottest question in football right now - Can Moyes succeed at Old Trafford? - is a maybe. A lot of work has still to be done and it still remains to be seen what Moyes can do with his current squad.

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