After dominating English football for more then a decade, Manchester United's supremacy of English football has taken a pause after the reigns were passed on from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes in the summer.
Although the task was always going to be unimaginably difficult, how exactly has David Moyes' performed in the early days of his Old Trafford career?
Surprisingly, Moyes' shortcomings have come in the Premier League, where his side failed to reinforce their side in the summer when their rivals spent large amounts of money. Their only signing of the summer, Marouane Fellaini has proven to be disappointing so far, and he'll be hoping to make a mark when he recovers from his injury.
In the summer, Moyes showed his inexperience with a massive budget in comparison to Everton, where he attempted to buy Cesc Fabregas. It doesn't take a genius to comprehend that Barcelona would never sell one of their best players, especially as he's in line to replace the ageing Xavi and Iniesta.
However, not all the blame can be put on Moyes' shoulders. Ed Woodward must take some of the responsibility as he departed United's pre-season tour to deal with urgent transfer business which lead to only signing on the last day of the transfer window. It wasn't good enough.
Running in parallel to these events was another controversial decision on Moyes' part. He let go of Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele in favour to bring his own back-room staff in Steve Round, Jimmy Lumdsen and Chris Woods.
Moyes' may have missed a massive opportunity to understand the players better if the previous staff stayed for another season. This could also be a reason as to why the United players seemed so unmotivated earlier in the season.
After back-to-back defeats in December, Moyes saw his team spiralling downhill as they were in a miserable 8th place. Since then, they've achieved six wins in a row and now find themselves 8 points off Arsenal. Understandably, Moyes has played down this run as he knows it's nothing less then what it is to be expected at such a massive club.
Although the Premier League hasn't bore fruit for Moyes thus far, he's done well in the cup competitions- especially in the Champions League, where many thought he would falter. Moyes' side was unbeaten in the group stages, winning 4 of their six games and drawing the other two.
Finishing top of their group, Moyes has received a favourable draw against Olympiacos, where they should comfortably go through to the quarter-finals, and who knows? Could they do a Chelsea and go all the way?
The Capital One Cup will be high on the agenda this season for Manchester United as it's their most realistic chance at silverware so far. They find themselves in the semi-finals having to play a two-legged tie against Sunderland.
They will most likely play Manchester City at Wembley who must overcome a stubborn West Ham side, and if Moyes was to win that final, it may give him the same boost it gave to Jose Mourinho in his first spell at Chelsea. It could propel the Scotsman's team to win more trophies.
Indeed, it is difficult to judge David Moyes as it's still early and he hasn't stamped his own ideas on the club just yet. Many United fans will be hoping he splashes the cash in January to really push on all fronts, however, Moyes must sell at some point too.
So far this season, the likes of Anderson, Nani and Fabio have failed to make any impact on the United team and they could be shown the door in either January or in the summer.
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