Losing to West Bromwich Albion and then drawing 1-1 to Southampton, both at Old Trafford, is enough evidence that Manchester United are coping badly in the post-Alex Ferguson era.

This has to be one of the poorest starts to a season for United. Sitting in 8th, eight points behind Arsenal they look to have fallen out of the title race. Although this is a transition period for the Red Devils, the fear factor, developed by Sir Alex, during his 26 year reign appears to have faded. 

Many questions have been directed at David Moyes management style. The biggest issue he faces is that he stepped into potentially the biggest job in football.

…expectations were low…

Moyes is a good manager. Arriving from Everton, he originated from a club where funds were low and expectations were low. At United expectation will always be huge because there is an incredible history and culture.

Whether you manage or play for Manchester United one rule is paramount. When they play good they must win. When they play poorly they must win. They must challenge for trophies and compete with the best teams in the country and the world.

…He has turned the Arsenal team into a title contending side…

Problems have also been created by United’s lack of activity during the transfer window. Too much focus was placed on securing the services of Cesc Fabregas. When this fell through United desperately pushed through the signing of Marouane Fellaini, who has proved ineffective.

Why on earth they didn’t sign Mesut Ozil will haunt United fans for a long time. He has turned the Arsenal team into a title contending side; scoring as well as providing assists for goals.

…Their back line is packed with players lacking pace or discipline…

United must strength both in defense and attack. Their back line is packed with players lacking pace or discipline.  The problem now: can they stay in touch with the title contenders: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, going into the January transfer window? 

It is my firm belief David Moyes can steer Manchester United towards major silverware. With the players at his disposal I am doubtful whether it will happen this season.  With the right amount of cash if he can strengthen his ailing squad Moyes can start to build his own legacy.

About The Author

I am the Sport Editor of MouthLondon, and at the moment I am studying an MA in Publishing at UCL. My interests include reading, all kinds of films, The Smiths, Coldplay and the unpredictability of diminishing ink.

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