In what was perhaps the biggest news in sport in 2013, the announcement that Sir Alex Ferguson was retiring from his role as manager at Manchester United caused a sense of disbelief among a large portion of United fans.
Then the news came many were expecting that David Moyes was the man to fill the huge shoes left by Ferguson at Old Trafford. As a result one of the biggest clubs in the world was forced into a period of transition not seen in nearly a quarter of a century.
As you would expect after so many years of one man in charge that period of change at the top has had a few bumps along the way, what has surprised me though is the speed of which some fans have already begun calling for Moyes' ouster.
What those fans need to realise is these transitions do take time and can not always guarantee maintaining the levels reached under Sir Alex straight away, this is why United fans need to give Moyes time.
Very few teams have ever enjoyed a period of success like Manchester United have, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League triumphs and countless other domestic cups, United have a trophy cabinet many teams could only dream of, and they will add to that cabinet under David Moyes - just not straight away.
The summer has not been Manchester United's finest in terms of action on the transfer market, the acquisition of Marouane Fellaini from Everton the only main signing. But very few of the team's big names left with Paul Scholes' retirement the only major loss from Moyes' team.
In many ways then, the current United team is the same that won the Premier League so convincingly last season, in my opinion it won't be long until that team starts firing under David Moyes and the loss to Liverpool and disappointing draw against Chelsea will quickly be forgotten.
Moyes' style of play is similar to Ferguson's and the 4-1 win against Swansea City on the opening day proves that the team can still comprehensively beat teams expected to do well this season.
The level of competition is probably much higher than it has been in recent years, the return of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea allied to the signings made by Tottenham and Arsenal mean more teams will be able to compete with Manchester United for a lot longer.
What does need to happen however is that sense of fear that was so strong under Ferguson especially at Old Trafford has to be kept under Moyes, if the team suffers many more defeats in the next 10 games then more teams will feel they can beat a Moyes-led United and then the questions may need to be asked.
Success will not be a quick process as Moyes puts his mark on Manchester United - a period of slightly reduced expectations could be necessary particularly this season. But I believe if Moyes and Manchester United can get through this tricky period early on, the long term future at Old Trafford is just as rosy as it has been in recent years.
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