David Moyes could be United's Emirates Stadium

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You may be of the opinion that on first, second, third or even fourth glance, Manchester United manager David Moyes may bear no resemblance whatsoever to a super-modern 60,000-seater stadium - and you'd be right. Mostly.

Moyes and the Emirates may, however, share some similar effects on their clubs' fortunes.

When Arsenal closed the doors on their spiritual home, Highbury, they left behind a legacy of success, an unbeaten season, and some of the biggest superstars the English game has ever seen.

Similarly, the loss of Sir Alex Ferguson is for Manchester United akin to the closure of Highbury to Arsenal fans. The end of an era, and the turning of a new page.

The resulting years for Arsenal were of upheaval, transition and evolution. No longer were Arsenal challenging for the top honours domestically or in Europe. No longer could they fight with the commercial prowess of United or the new-money oligarch clubs in Chelsea and Manchester City.

But for Arsenal, the limitations were financial - temporary, predictable, tangible. The story for United is much more difficult to overcome through prudent planning and penny-pinching.

The appointment of David Moyes was a calculated risk from United. Undoubtedly whoever followed the prolonged and consistent success of United was going to have large shoes to fill - but will the period of transition between Ferguson and Moyes mirror Arsenal's move from Highbury to the Emirates?

It's too early to tell what the longer-term effects might be, but from the United performances and results in the early part of this season, fans may do well to content themselves with a Champions League place for next season.

Granted, Sir Alex Ferguson's first season at the helm of United was similarly unimpressive - and many media outlets and fans alike were calling for the Scot's head before its end.

Moyes may end up as exactly as good a manager as Ferguson was - but it will take time. United fans will need patience and a sense of perspective with their new boss - just as Ferguson's final words as United boss commanded.

But even so, there's no guarantee that Moyes will ever reach those heights again. As Arsenal are beginning to climb out of their stadium debt and competing at the highest level, United are seemingly moving in the opposite direction.

It may take an eight-year wait for United to get their hands on another trophy, and they won't even have a shiny new stadium to show for it.

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