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Manchester United's biggest problem is expectation

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After another shock loss and the first time Manchester United have recorded three consecutive losses in over a decade - what is United’s main problem?

The problem isn’t the fact they’re not winning, it’s the archaic expectations to win every game - something everyone but the United faithful haven’t realised is something not possible in the current footballing climate.

The footballing world in England has changed drastically in the past few years and one of the key changes has been the main rivals to the Red Devils' and Manchester City’s rise to the top of the Premier League.

Money has always been an inherent problem in the Premier League, with clubs spending to try and gain instant gratification until recently, though this instant gratification by spending was the reserve of the big clubs who featured there or there about’s anyway.

Then City happened - as recently as 2001 they where in the Championship and until 2010 they appeared to be a middling Premier League club, the takeover by middle eastern billionaires in 2008 signalled a change throughout the Premier League - a chain reaction started and transfer expenditure sky rocketed nearly doubling the expenditure from 2006/07 to 2007/08 both league wide and with the eventual champions.

Premier League had now become a race to spend and take the top spot.

The Premier League had become an entirely different beast, spending on English players decreased steadily year on year till this current year where spending is at an all time low since the Premier League’s beginnings with West Ham contributing just under a third of all money spent on English players in the window (meaning somehow Andy Carroll was a quarter of all the money spent on English players, and he’s not actually kicked a ball) 

Spending is now pivotal in Premier League success and under Sir Alex Ferguson United’s spending was never the highest but money was spent adequately and in the right places - for example when they needed a striker in 2013 Premier League legend Robin van Persie was brought in, when they needed a keeper in 2012 talented youngster David De Gea was brought in.

Since Moyes took over the reins in July he has tried to keep up the tradition by spending studiously, bringing in players only where needed, Moyes has kept very much to that fabric and hasn’t particularly done much differently.

The signing of Fellaini has been seen as many as a rash decision but Moyes much like Sir Alex before has set out his targets but unlike the former boss doesn’t seem able to bring in these targets.

Here is where we see the real problem for the Salford-based club: expectations of Moyes are the same as the expectations put upon perhaps the greatest manager of his generation and the next - signing players has become a challenge something which under Ferguson's stewardship was a formality, players naturally wanted to play for the Scott and he was perhaps one of the biggest draws towards the club.

So after setting out the main targets for the positions Moyes needed to fill he then failed to bring in the targets, a contributing factor to their current position.

Another is the loss of Ferguson as a manager, as well as the bonuses of bringing in players Ferguson commanded respect and knew exactly how players played and what made them tick.

David Moyes still has to develop this and unlike Sir Alex who had been in and around that squad for years Moyes has had only a number of months to learn that.

Managing at Manchester United is no easy task and it will take time for Moyes to assimilate himself into the system and become even half the manager Sir Alex was - and even if he does only become half the manager of Sir Alex he will still go down in history as a success story and these years much like Ferguson's early years will be forgotten.

The problem is will he be given the time, in the now changed Premier League everything is instant gratification.

United’s world wide fan base has been built on the fact fans across the globe could tune in and see them winning the best and biggest competitions around.

But in a league and world where instant gratification and money are the main expectations of Premier League managers, will Moyes be able to last?

Or will the boo-boys showing their colours at Old Trafford and across the world force the hand of the board and see Moyes given the chop?


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