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Manchester United: In defence of David Moyes

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There is currently a haze of doom and gloom surrounding Old Trafford this season. In an article I wrote earlier this season, I alluded to why United would not get top four this season - there is still some way to go - which is looking fairly accurate at present.

However, deep down I believe, as an Arsenal fan, that Moyes is exactly the right man for the job - and here's why: Everton.

This season, Everton have been considered somewhat of a revelation. They're playing great football, taking points from teams in the top six and are winning accolades from all self-styled pundits. But, when you look closer, you'll see that the man responsible for this Everton side is mainly David Moyes.

Look at the standout performers for Everton this season: Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines and especially Phil Jagielka - a man converted from a part-time and rather average sometimes Championship midfielder to a centre-back that is integral to club and country. 

Why is this a good omen for United now? Because he will build a team. Not this season - it's too late, even with January approaching.

Moyes, by the end of next summer's transfer window, will add two attacking full-backs; one as a replacement for the ageing, ever-present granddad of United, Patrice Evra. The other to cover for and develop alongside Rafael, which would be blessing for the rest of us Premier League spectators, as we'd never have to watch Chris Smalling doing his impression of Dani Alves - if you've been lucky enough to miss this, think Emile Heskey playing in the 'Messi position' for Barcelona.

I have total faith he will do this, as long as pressure from above doesn't make decisions for him, because he's essentially created Coleman and Baines. He's made the two full-backs from the 2013 Team of the Year.

Moyes' tactics will improve, once he confronts his central midfield. At Everton, his central midfielders were rarely creative; it's not the way he wants to play.

His midfielders are there to protect his back-four, while they look to good wingers and attacking full-backs to create chances, often bypassing midfield with direct, quick passes.

Sadly, we've all watched Tom Cleverly and Marouane Fellaini. Once Moyes brings in the correct midfielders, it will give more confidence to the team to go forward. 

Moyes' man-management has also been criticised, especially last night on Twitter regarding Wilfried Zaha.

The following are statements that a manager could never say about one of his players that may, or may not apply to Zaha: "Zaha is not good enough", "Zaha has a terrible attitude in training and doesn't put the effort in", "Zaha ignores my instructions on the pitch and does his own thing", or even "Zaha went out clubbing last night".

The point is, there is a reason Zaha isn't playing: he must be doing something to rule himself out of a starting berth.

To summarise, my maligned United fan-friends, while I'm enjoying your current misfortune, I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

As long as you avoid doing the stupidest thing - sacking him - Moyes will fix it. He's inherited the mother of hospital passes from Ferguson and it will take a season or two - but he will win things with a team he will build.


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