Filling the void of Alex Ferguson's departure was never going to be an easy task. But no one predicted the fallout that Manchester United are currently experiencing this season.
Every pundit, journalist and sports fan has debated why this has happened and what David Moyes has done wrong.
But for all the failings this season the decision to get rid of coaches Rene Meulensteen, Mike Phelan and Eric Steele must be one of Moyes' biggest regrets.
Meulensteen was dubbed by United striker Robin van Persie as the best coach he had ever worked with, whilst Phelan and Steele had the knowledge and experience to give Moyes valuable insight in what it takes to succeed at a giant club like Manchester United.
Ferguson urged Moyes to keep his backroom staff but the former Everton boss' decision to be his own man could be the one to cause his downfall. He decided to give the first team coach job to ex-United player Phil Neville. And while he has experience of playing at Old Trafford, he has no real top level coaching experience which a job at United most definitely warrants.
According to Sky Sports, Steele recently told fanzine United We Stand that the transition from Everton to Manchester United was like going from "Marks and Spencer's to Harrods". And looking at United's current situation, this statement will hit Moyes where it hurts when he reflects on the decisions he has made at Old Trafford.
The current Premier League champions are out of all English cups and look unlikely to qualify for next season's Champions League as they sit in seventh place in the Premier League. Their only hope of success also looks grim as they now have to overturn a two goal deficit against Olympiakos to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals.
The vultures have started to circle, and with recent rumours that he has lost the respect of the dressing room, Moyes' brief and troubled reign at United could well be over sooner rather than later.
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