Fergie endured a rocky first three years at the club before eventually proving all of his doubters wrong by becoming arguably the most successful manager to have ever graced the game.
However, Moyes doesn’t think he’ll be shown the same level of faith and support if he goes through the first three years of his career with the club without putting a trophy in the cabinet.
“In this day and age you would not get that. I don't think you can ever ask for time now. All you can ask is to be judged on how it goes. Time is something managers do not get now and it is a tough start,” said United’s new boss.
The club was praised for the nature of Moyes’ appointment to follow Ferguson because he’s a very similar manager in a number of ways.
The fact he’s signed such a long deal with the club suggests that longevity is what United are looking for so it’s important they don’t fall into the same line of thinking which is currently evident at several other big sides.
They effectively need to resist a knee jerk reaction for as long as possible because it would be a shame if United become the latest club to start chopping and changing managers left, right and centre making a mockery of the current setup.
The best contemporary example is Chelsea; a club that has enjoyed a prolong period of success but the perfect example of managers getting the axe unless they produce that elite level of success all the time.
It’s not going to be easy for Moyes because regardless of what he achieves with United, he is always going to fall victim to the comparisons to Ferguson and how the former boss would have gone about particular matches and problems.
It’s naïve for anyone to think that Moyes can go straight into the job at Old Trafford and start having the sort of impact that Fergie had by the end, commanding that same level of respect.
What has happened is United have made a sensible appointment, the manager has been back by the higher powers at the club and they won’t interfere with anything he does football related. He has been given a six-year contract which indicates faith in the man long-term.
What Moyes has to bear in mind is that success is one of the things, which allows United to maintain their elite status, not just in England but all over the world and that equates to commercial value.
United are run as a business and if Moyes can’t get the team playing successfully within his first couple of years in charge, the value of the business starts to decline and that’s where the problems are created.
Hopefully, United won’t become the latest ‘chop and change’ club.
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