It's been a tough start to life at Manchester United for David Moyes. A string of poor performances from the Red Devils led to many people doubting his credentials.
Frustrated fans took to Twitter to vent their anger, with #MoyesOut seemingly trending in the UK after every draw and defeat for the Red Devils.
Moyes started on the wrong foot with United. He needed a marquee signing to kick-start his new position. Depsite being a linked with a whole host of top names, United failed to secure most of their top targets. This led to the notion that Moyes is clueless in the transfer market and is not suitable for the job.
On the pitch, United enjoyed a decent pre-season, with youngsters such as Wilfried Zaha and Adnan Januzaj impressing. The FA Community Shield was Moyes’ first competitive game in charge of the Red Devils and United won comfortably against Championship side Wigan thanks to a brace from prolific talisman Robin van Persie. A week later, they triumphed 4-1 against Swansea. So far so good for ‘the Chosen One’.
The Reds’ next challenges were against Chelsea and an in-form Liverpool side. United did not fare so well in these encounters, with an underwhelming draw and an uninspiring defeat.
United continued to struggle with a home defeat against West Brom and draws against Shakhtar Donetsk and Southampton. This placed a lot of pressure on Moyes.
He knew that United needed a result against Stoke but their defence was opened up repeatedly, with Stoke leading 2-1 at half time. However, in the 79th minute, Wayne Rooney equalised with a sensational header.
Two minutes later, United were in front courtesy of Javier Hernández. Overall, it was another lacklustre performance from the Reds, but it was a classic comeback nonetheless. The fighting spirit from Moyes’ predecessor’s era had not gone. Had the tide turned?
In Moyes’ defence, he did a fantastic job with limited resources at Everton, taking them from the relegation zone when he was initially appointed to the top seven.
Moreover, Moyes’ Everton were infamously slow starters and usually didn’t play well until Christmas.
Finally, in his final speech as manager, Sir Alex Ferguson’s last words were “stand by the new manager”. Manchester United fans need to give him time. One of the key reasons for United’s success over the past two decades was the consistency at the top of the club and was presumably the main reason why Moyes was preferred to Jose Mourinho.
Overall, it was always going to be hard for Ferguson’s successor, but Moyes is the right man for the job.
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