Manchester United boss faces defining month

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David Moyes has experienced a turbulent time during his early reign at Manchester United. With disappointing results against West Brom, Liverpool and Manchester City, Moyes will look forward to an endless run of games for the next month which will determine how he will be judged at the end of the season.

Although his team displayed their best performance of the season against Arsenal before the international break, Moyes will know that he must continue his sides nine-game unbeaten run if they are to achieve success this season.

After Sunday's fixture against Cardiff, United will face many mouth-watering ties against the likes of Tottenham, Everton, Newcastle and Aston Villa. Each game is intriguing in it's own respect and will offer a different challenge to this United team and it will without doubt reveal Moyes' skill in managing each game.

Spurs have enjoyed the last year against United, as the Reds failed to beat them last season. They defeated United at Old Trafford and held them to draw at White Hart Lane and Spurs will be looking to emulate this form once again.

Everton will be a special match for Moyes. A win against his former club would be a fantastic victory, who have started the season in steady form compared to their usually sluggish start. 

Newcastle and Aston Villa will prove to be very interesting games. In recent years, spectators have been spoilt by the quality and quantity of goals in both matches. United have just edged their opponents in previous meetings, but without significantly strengthening this season and with few signings on board, United's creativity will be tested.

Moyes will be looking to progress in all competitions the club are in at the moment and with progressing in the Champions League as well as booking a two-legged semi-final in the Capital One Cup could be a step in the right direction for the Scotsman. Although they face a tough task away from home against Stoke City, many would fancy United over a two-legged tie if they were to progress. 

With United only needing a point to qualify in the Champions League, Moyes has two games to achieve that goal and to finish top of the group. Games against Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk will be stern tests for the Red Devils after failing to score against Real Sociedad in their last game in Europe.

If Manchester United were to continue their climb up the Premier League and qualify in both cup competition -  domestic and European - Moyes could attract much-needed talents in the January transfer window. 

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