Throughout the season more and more people have jumped on the 'Moyes out' bandwagon. Last night's Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland heaped more pressure on the United boss from media outlets and the general public, but are Manchester United's failings down to David Moyes?
If you look across Europe at the moment, most manager jobs are like a revolving door. Decent managers have lost their jobs over very little.
Roberto Di Matteo won Chelsea a Champions League, only to be sacked six months later! The key to successful management is time. Manchester United know this better than any after Alex Ferguson’s rocky start as manager back in 1986 – and we all know how that one turned out.
Moyes inherited a group of players that are not his own, someone else's ideas and legacy. Football clubs these days are generally after a quick fix, but Manchester United have built their success not over one season but over many.
The team aren't title challenging quality. Only a manager of Alex Ferguson's capabilities could have won a title with the current squad and it would be naïve to think that Moyes or any other manager can live up to what he achieved. Only Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney can be described as top top players, a few with big potential and some that aren't good enough to win a title.
Moyes must be assessed on the ability to build a team around what he already has, but this will take at least a season or two.
The signing of Fellaini was understandable. A player Moyes trusted from Everton and consistently produced the goods for the Merseyside club. Possible not a 'Manchester United' player as such, but many in Moyes' shoes would have tried to tempt Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines to United. The signing of Mata is all but confirmed. Not the type of player Man United need, but neither was Mesut Ozil at Arsenal – he's been one of the most impressive players in the league this season.
Moyes can only take a percentage of the blame for the Sunderland defeat. A shock error from his goalkeeper and four missed penalties eliminated United – how can Moyes influence that?
The league form hasn't been good enough, but again only in time will Moyes be able to bring in a team that he deems good enough. Manchester United have the resources and stature that Everton didn't have, so there's no reason why Moyes can't take United to a title.
His time at Everton proved he is both capable and trustworthy to fulfil expectation, but judgement is best reserved until the end of next season. This should apply to most clubs. Managers need time to find their feet. The process has become all too rushed and very few have succeeded in this environment.
As Alex Ferguson told the fans: “Your job now is to stand by our new manager. That is important."
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