Manchester United fans have every right to be disappointed with an indifferent start to life under David Moyes, but should stop short of expecting the kind of swift dismissal that has caused prolonged periods of instability at other clubs.
Moyes slipped to his fourth Premier League defeat since taking charge at Old Trafford last night, with the loss coming at the hands of former club Everton to heaping further misery on a side currently falling well short of the heights reached last season.
The Scot is currently getting a flavour of the level of expectation that comes with the United hotseat, a side bred on challenging for every competition they enter and not settling for second place.
United supporters have been spoilt with more than a quarter of a century of sustained success led by Sir Alex Ferguson, who let's not forget experienced his fair share of problems early on his Red Devils reign.
While Moyes has inherited a Premier League winning squad his first campaign at the helm was always likely to include roadblocks, although perhaps not quite of the stature we have seen to date.
Transition is a word that will make Red Devils followers grimace at this stage of the season, but unless results improve dramatically it may be a harsh reality fans are forced to accept.
Any notion that the former Toffees leader will be turfed out before being given time to mould a squad he is completely happy with is laughable, particularly when a United hierarchy structure featuring none other than Sir Alex himself handpicked Moyes as his successor.
Ferguson himself chose his final speech at Old Trafford to leave this message to a 75,000 strong crowd: "When we had bad times here, everyone stood by me and your job now is to stand by your new manager."
Sitting 12 points off league leaders Arsenal is obviously extremely frustrating for all connected to the defending champions, but they are a club who prides themselves on a long-term, secure vision for the future and picked Moyes with that in mind.
Chelsea's willingness to chop and change managers like Sugababes members is a trend have consciously sort not to follow.
United fans should respect that decision and stance and gives Moyes at the bare minimum two full seasons to make his mark, including a full close season to recruit extensively.
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