Despite a difficult pre-season should the former Everton boss be given the time necessary to make an impact at Old Trafford?
The season has not even started yet but there are murmurings of a manager under pressure. The man in question is new Manchester United manager David Moyes. He has not been helped by the Wayne Rooney situation which I believe will intensify with each day. It is not clear if the pressure is self-inflicted, media created or from fans but he should remember that he has the full backing from the Manchester United hierarchy.
Everton were a huge side but can be considered considerably smaller than Manchester United. This step up is one that any manager would have struggled with. Add the fact that he replaced the man widely considered to be the greatest football manager of all time - and the pressure is palpable.
When considering Moyes performance so far people should remember that pre-season results count for nothing. His performance in the transfer market should not be looked at until the window actually closes. I do not blame him for the Wayne Rooney situation or for not signing Fabregas. It was clear to see that the Barcelona player used Manchester United to gain assurances from his own club.
The Community Shield will be the first big test for David Moyes; this is when the season starts for him. Wigan are in good form and has had a competitive game behind them so it could be a lot closer than people may think.
I am in no way qualified to give advice to anyone in football but if I were offer any words to Moyes or Manchester United fans I’d say that it’s not all about big name signings. He has shown in the past that he can spot a bargain and make this player world class. Let’s not forget he has some world class players at his disposal already. The fans should also remember that not every manager works in the same way. Ferguson made all his transfers behind closed doors early, Mourinho uses media to befriend players and Wenger looks for unknown players for value. There is nothing wrong with any of these strategies, but Moyes needs to develop his own.
He needs more time to learn the ways of Manchester United and once he does I believe he will be a good manager. If Manchester United quickly discarded him after a few months because of poor results they may find that they will go through a few managers. That is why it seems Manchester United will back him fully. I expect big things from David Moyes in the next few years, although it seems like there are a few rival fans who would like to see him and Manchester United fail. I personally hope he succeeds, as he is one of football’s good guys and proves that there is room for good guys at the highest level of football.
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