Many Manchester United supporters are convinced that the David Moyes project is doomed to failure after a shocking start to his tenure at Old Trafford.
However, there are also those who believe he needs more time and another transfer window to rebuild the squad in order to make it competitive again.
Here are five players in the Manchester United squad who can ensure that Moyes avoids the sack - at least until the summer.
Manchester United’s talismanic forward is capable of taking games by the scruff of the neck and inspiring those around him.
When he plays well, so too do the Red Devils.
David Moyes will be counting on the man he has backed continuously since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson to produce the goods in the final months of the campaign.
Robin van Persie
Even if he is not entirely happy with life under David Moyes, Robin van Persie must knuckle down and start performing like he cares.
The Dutchman has scored 13 goals in 19 games for the Red Devils this season, which is an impressive return, but it’s still felt like his heart hasn’t been in it recently.
Van Persie has the ability to help turn Manchester United’s season on its head.
It was always going to take a little bit of time for Juan Mata to adjust to life at Old Trafford, but the sooner the Spain international finds his feet, the better for David Moyes.
The Scot spent £37.1m - a club-record fee - of United’s money to bring Mata to the north-west last month.
On his day he is one of the Premier League’s very best players - and now it’s time for the 25-year-old to start justifying that monster transfer fee.
Marouane Fellaini would be the first to admit that his start to life at Manchester United has been a little disappointing.
However, the Belgium international - who Moyes signed for £27.5m last summer - is now fit again after a couple of months on the sidelines and ready to start showing everyone at Old Trafford exactly what he’s capable of.
United are crying out for a central midfielder to take control of matches. Fellaini must prove he is capable of doing just that.
David de Gea
Fortunately for David Moyes he has one of the best goalkeepers in European football in between the sticks.
David de Gea, though, must avoid moments of complacency - like the goal he conceded in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland - in the remaining months of the campaign.
Moyes needs to know that he can count on De Gea to help United win as many points as possible between now and the end of the season.
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