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Manchester United: What can they do to save their season?

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David Moyes would undoubtedly be flicking through Sir Alex Ferguson's biography looking for secrets, hints, tips, anything that reveals how he turned Manchester United into a feared force that scared the furthest of football's grasp throughout Europe, and throughout the world.

What Ferguson did in 26 and a half years in charge at Manchester United is almost unmatchable at any other club in the world. Loyalty was a key factor in his success, as it was for Arsene Wenger, before Arsenal had started their barren trophy run.

During Ferguson's time at Manchester United he has won 38 trophies, which included two UEFA championship titles. However, like for Moyes, it wasn't all success and silverware for Sir Alex Ferguson in his first season either, with Fergie taking over when United were 21st (at the time there were more than 20 clubs in the league), and brought them up to 11th.

However, unfortunately for Moyes this revelation would provide little to absolutely no comfort at all. Since the difference there was Ferguson came in with United being under difficult circumstances, and turned it around and actually made them into a lethal weapon in Europe and in the Barclays Premier League.

Moyes had inherited a team that was built for success, designed by SAF to win, all Moyes needed to do was coach, and he did, and they're losing. Is it a transitional phase, do they not respect Moyes?

In Moyes' defence, he discovered the prodigy known as Adnan Januzaj who is eligible to play for multiple countries internationally, having being uncapped by any nations his family is from so far, and he has proven to be a decent find by Moyes, undoubtedly, showing signs of potential that could liken him to some greater players in due time.

The mistake Moyes made was signing Marouane Fellaini, and leaving Shinji Kagawa on the bench. Both are talented players and are highly regarded in their international footballing hierarchy, with both holding first team places in their respective sides.

However, why buy a midfielder with a club that's got too many midfielders? It doesn't make sense. Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Darren Fletcher, Nick Powell and Anderson are all decent to high quality midfielders, there was no need to bring in Marouane Fellaini to a club that's rich and spoiled for choice with central midfielders and attacking midfielders. His other signing being U20 Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela, who is almost virtually known to all except a select few. 

The transfer market is a place where Moyes made a mistake, and even if United sign Chelsea outcast Juan Mata, it wouldn't really make much of a difference, just more prowess in the middle of the park and less prowess in the front line and the back four, which, in my opinion are where Moyes needs to focus his transfer budget on strengthening.

I'm no expert, of course, and this is heavily opinionated but it really does hurt to see a club with such talent like United to falter in one season. Their season has been up and down, mainly down, with the most recent one coming from the shock loss to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi final at Old Trafford.

Let's face it, United has a very aged defence force. Rio Ferdinand (35), Nemanja Vidic (32) and Patrice Evra (32) look worse for wear, and need some bench time, time to breathe, because I honestly don't believe Evans, Jones, Rafael and Fabio can replace them quite yet, due to the amount of bookings that back line has had in this season.

They need a few defenders that they can buy that are able to hold their own against Premier League clubs, with European experience, and aren't too old. It's easier said than done, of course, with the difficult parts being actually finding a few defenders like that, and more importantly for a decent, un-inflated price.

Another area lacking at the moment, is a striker. With Rooney and Robin van Persie out for an indefinite amount of time, it is hard to say that Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez can fill that void successfully. Someone who is in form, confident and able to contest for a first team spot, a proven goalscorer, possibly Konstantinos Mitroglou from Olympiakos. Who knows?

Transfers aside, there's another key factor that Moyes needs, and I have said this to Manchester United fans time and time again.

Moyes needs time.

Time, confidence and support. These three things. Money or no money, preferably money though. Board, player and fan support is needed, evidently to succeed, if not you'll be ousted as manager in no time, plain and simple. Self confidence, not only board, player, and fan confidence is needed. If he starts to distrust his own abilities, who will trust and put their utmost confidence in the Scot? No one.

Time, most importantly, he's learning the ropes at Old Trafford. Give him a season and a little bit and he should be bringing United glory and trophies in no time, unfortunately for me and other supporters of Manchester rivals.

But yes, Moyes needs time, and he's being given it.

He just needs to utilise it.

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