Which manager will go first: Moyes v Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini

David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini face an intense head-to-head battle with the two big Manchester clubs next season.

Both managers are going into the relative unknown so it will be interesting to see who handles the pressure of their new job more effectively.

Moyes has been given the ultimate upgrade from his years of service with Everton in Manchester United while Pellegrini is embarking on his first journey into English football with Manchester City.

In terms of pressure, it’s probably going to be greater for David Moyes at Manchester United because of the success the Sir Alex Ferguson era always guaranteed.

Ultimately, United and their supporters may have to be prepared to give a little bit of slack to the new manager because of his situation and the magnitude of the job and fortunately United already seem to have adopted a realistic attitude in relation to his appointment.

Manchester City by contrast have a very aggressive and very big minded attitude with Pellegrini. They effectively want him to transform every inch of the club, turning them into the dominant force of English football.

As far as the fans are concerned, United fans will be realistic and it’s important they don’t expect Moyes to be exactly the same as Ferguson who guided the team for 26 years.

They will realise the change is significant and it may take them one or two seasons to progress and start winning trophies again but despite that, the lingering thought at the back of the mind of every United fan is that the club should be challenging for silverware.

City’s expectations will now be sky high and Pellegrini only has himself to blame for creating that pressure.

He’s barely been in the job for ten minutes and he’s already said that he expects City to win the Premier League and possibly the Champions League in his first season.

That perhaps creates unrealistic expectations for City fans because Pellegrini is talking about success with the club as though it’s going to be very easy to achieve and as though United and Chelsea are going to roll over next season.

Both clubs are under big pressure to deliver silverware but United seem more resigned to the fact it may not happen straight away because Moyes doesn’t have that level of experience managing a truly massive club.

What he does have is a good knowledge of English football and that’s where he’ll have an edge over Manchester City.

He’s also fortunate to be in a club which will back him at the end of the season in the same way they back him right now.

If both Manchester clubs finish without a piece of silverware by the end of next season, there’s only one manager who is safe and he’s got an office at Old Trafford.

Do you agree? Or do you think Moyes is more likely to get the boot?

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