Manchester United's frustrating and wholly demoralising 2-2 draw at home to Fulham on Sunday must surely have felt like a defeat for David Moyes, the players and fans of the club.
After dominating large spells of the game and seemingly completing a rousing comeback with two goals in 80 second-half seconds from Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick, some particularly sloppy defending led to Darren Bent popping up with a 93rd-minute equaliser that provoked a furious reaction from Red Devils supporters across the globe.
Much has been made of Moyes' difficult first season at Old Trafford, with Manchester United continue to languish in seventh place in the Premier League - some way off the pace for Champions League qualification, let alone a credible title challenge.
Today, former Manchester United legend and long-time captain Roy Keane has claimed that the club have cut corners in the transfer market in recent years and that they need five or six new players moving forward.
Now, while I'm not particularly sure about the former claim and acknowledge that Keane's views on the club perhaps need to be taken with a pinch of salt given his sour exit, I wholeheartedly agreee with the latter.
With Nemanja Vidic having announced his intention to depart the club upon the expiration of his current contract at the end of the season, it would be extraordinarily naive to assume that he will be the only established player to head towards the exit door during the summer.
With Patrice Evra also coming to the end of his deal and the likes of Ashley Young, Nani and Shinji Kagawa failing to impose themselves under the new manager, it seems somewhat likely that there will be an exodus of sorts at Manchester United when the transfer market opens once again.
Such players will have to be replaced, of course, and it is of paramount importance that Moyes - providing the Manchester United hierarchy keep patience with the Scot through the second-half of a turbulent campaign - is afforded the significant spending power necessary in order to entice world-class players back to the club.
If he isn't permitted to make several new additions to his squad this summer, then it becomes more and more difficult to see just how Moyes is expected to arrest such a horrendous slump.
There is no mistaking the fact that Moyes had had a difficult start to his Manchester United tenure.
However, during a period of transition that was always likely to prove tricky in the aftermath of Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, he deserves to be given the chance to shape his own squad at Old Trafford and judgment on his career with the club can not be made with any real authority until he has had that opportunity.
After all, it is not as if Moyes has been left an ideal situation by his predecessor, is it?
Yes, Manchester United did indeed win the title during Ferguson's last season, but you have to feel sorry for Moyes in as much as he has been left with a squad that features several expiring contracts and a whole host of mediocre players with uncertain futures.
Keane is right - Manchester United need five or six new players. And Moyes needs to be given the opportunity and the finances to make that happen.
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