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Moyes calls for calm through transitional period

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The first six months of a new job will always feel a little bit different. With new surroundings and new people to start working with it can be difficult to adjust.

When you are in charge at arguably the world's most famous football club, and take over from the most successful British manager of all time, all eyes will be on you.

What Manchester United see in David Moyes is stability, and he was handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson as his replacement . After a long tenure at Goodison Park, and with a relatively small budget, the Scot worked wonders and showcased the talents of Wayne Rooney to the world with 'that' goal against Arsenal that catapulted him to stardom.

Speaking to MUTV Moyes believes it will take a while to put his stamp on the Red Devils and has called for patience from the fans during this period of transition as he tries to reach the high standard that his predecessor set.

"That is going to take some time" said Moyes. "The big thing is to get an exciting young team out on the pitch that everyone at Manchester United can be proud of."

The new year begins with Manchester United lying seventh in the Premier League table and 11 points behind leaders Arsenal. It is not what fans had hoped for when Moyes was appointed, however they have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League, and will take on Olympiacos in the last-16.

The three time winners of the competition will be the hot favourites to progress to the quarter finals.

As well as still being in Europe's elite club competition they have a two leg semi-final tie against Sunderland to look forward to with the prospect of a Capital One Cup final against rivals Manchester City at Wembley as well as the FA Cup third round clash against Swansea.

Although they are playing well right now, a win in those fixtures are far from a for gone conclusion.

The current league position and the failure to attract big names to Old Trafford during the summer such as Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas and Everton's Leighton Baines things look brighter in Manchester than they were in the early stages on the season.

Moyes' biggest achievement to date is keeping hold of star man Wayne Rooney who has proved crucial this season.

With Rooney's eyes seemingly on the exit door at the back end of last season, it looked as if he would be on his way out. Somehow Moyes and his backroom staff fought off bids from Chelsea and managed to rekindle Rooney's love affair with the Red Devils.

Rooney has been influential for United this season, with his pin-point passing and work ethic he has set the standard for the rest of the squad. As well as Rooney another Moyes success story is the spectacular rise of Adan Januzaj.

Januzaj has scored goals for United and impressed especially on his debut against Sunderland where he rescued the three points away from home.

Moyes has been quick to praise Januzaj after his performances against both West Ham and Norwich in December. Speaking to the Mirror after the game against West Ham Moyes said: "We are always hard on him, we always want more but he is doing remarkably well. He can score goals; he is a real talent." 

Manchester United were on a six game unbeaten run leading up to yesterday's disappointing home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

With players such as David De Gea, Rooney, Robin van Persie, Patrice Evra and the experience of Ryan Giggs as well as younger players in the squad such as Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Januzaj constantly improving, things are on the up.

Will a signing or two in January take the defending champions to that next level, and really give them a fighting chance of retaining their crown come May?

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