The fixture list for the 13/14 Premier League has now been released and it seems David Moyes has drawn the short straw.
In his first five games with Manchester United he will be facing Chelsea at home, Liverpool away and Manchester City away also.
These three games will put to test his tactical prowess against the top teams and best managers and give an early indication to the success he will have at Manchester United.
Looking at Moyes' head-to-head against these teams from last season in the Premier League while he was at Everton the future doesn't look to bright for him.
Against Chelsea, Everton lost both games 2-1 and Chelsea are the only team in England to have a positive head-to-head against Manchester United in the last 10 years.
Since the 03/04 season, Chelsea and Manchester United have met 20 times in the league with Chelsea victorious in nine compared to United's six wins with the other five games ending in draws.
All of the stats show that it will be a very hard game for Moyes to negotiate and come out on top.
And seeing as it is his second league game in charge he will have to use all of his knowledge he has gathered about his team from pre-season.
His next opponent will be Liverpool at Anfield. When Moyes was at Everton last season they came out with 2 draws against Liverpool in the league. Although another stat that Moyes will want to change as quickly as possible is that he, as a manager, has never won at Anfield.
Although this is a very bad stat on the face of it, it is not all bad for Moyes. He has come up against Liverpool 11 times in the league whilst being at Everton and he has only lost five times, drawing the other six.
With the higher quality of player at his disposal at United, Moyes could turn some of those draws into wins.
Manchester then faces a trip to the Etihad. Moyes' results last season against Manchester City are more positive than the other two teams.
Everton were unbeaten in their two games - winning one and drawing the other, although Moyes will be facing a new manager at City in Pellegrini. Where Moyes seemed to have the tactics to out do Mancini, he may not be able to do the same with Pellegrini.
Moyes' start to this campaign will be hard but he isn't doomed. He will have a much better team this at Manchester United not to mention all the help he needs from Sir Alex Ferguson. And even if he doesn't come out of these games with incredible results he will have a whole season ahead of him to rectify it.
Taking everything into contention Moyes will find his first five games at Manchester United in the premier league very tough especially against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, but he will have every tool at his disposal to changes his fortunes against the best teams in the league.
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