David Moyes is making a laughing stock of Manchester United. His appearance at Fleetwood Town's top-of-the-table League Two clash with Chesterfield on Saturday might prove to be the straw that broke the camel's back.
Much has been made of the reigning Premier League champions' need for a creative midfield addition in January, but it's unlikely that the player anyone had in mind was the Spireites' emerging star Tendayi Darikwa.
For whatever reason, the 21-year-old right winger - who can also operate at full-back - has forced his way onto Moyes's radar, with the former Everton boss boasting an impressive track record for securing a bargain.
But, what the Scot must quickly learn after succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, is that with taking charge of one of the biggest clubs in world football, comes a responsibility to not only deliver, but also meet fans' expectations.
One of Moyes's greatest strengths at Goodison Park was his ability to build competitive teams with lesser known - often unheard of - stars, whilst operating on a strict budget. However, that stringent financial policy no longer applies, and the 50-year-old must be careful not to underwhelm.
His dedicated approach to scouting is admirable, but that will soon be lost on Manchester United supporters, if he fails to put that resource in the right places. English football's fourth-tier is certainly not that.
The £27.5million capture of Marouane Fellaini on transfer deadline day briefly diffused the growing level of tension and frustration among Red Devils fans, but the Belgian midfielder's early performances have been rather unconvincing.
It's widely anticipated that Manchester United will re-enter the market during the January transfer window, in a bid to get their defence of the Premier League title back on track.
With summer signing Wilfried Zaha set to leave on loan, and a need not to put too much pressure on emerging young talent Adnan Januzaj, there is certainly room for a marquee signing to fill the creative midfield void at Old Trafford.
Failed attempts to sign Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara, and Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera at least showed an ambition that falls in line with the Manchester United from the Ferguson era.
Moyes needs to realign his transfer sights and focus on more established European stars, and leave the lower league gambles to others.
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