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No Gary, it's Manchester United - not David Moyes - being written off

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Not one of our 13 football pundits believe that Manchester United will be Premier League champions again come May next year.

Second place is thought to be the best Manchester United can achieve this term, with third slot more realistic.

Yet ex-Manchester United Captain Gary Neville writes that the common view that new manager David Moyes won't be able to inspire his players to perform at their best is 'insulting'.

But Neville appears to have missed the point - it's not David Moyes that most appear to be writing off this season - it's Manchester United and it's current squad.

Sure, Manchester United won the Premier League last season by a country mile, a fitting climax to Sir Alex Ferguson's glittering career at the club. Yet the club had no real competition, with both Manchester City and Chelsea having difficulties off the pitch that made a title run all but impossible.

But that's all changed this season, and both Chelsea and Manchester City look much better prospects for a serious Premier League challenge under their own new managers, and both clubs have improving squads that are shaping up nicely. Manchester United, on the other hand, have yet to add to their squad, and have the Wayne Rooney issue as a major distraction.

Neville also needs to understand that Moyes ain't Sir Alex - in reality, you won't find anyone like him (ever). But that's not to say that Moyes won't go on to great success at the club - but probably not this year (at least as far as the Premier League title is concerned).

So it's not insulting to suggest that Moyes might have his work cut out this season, just a realistic acknowledgment that he needs to be judged over the course of several seasons, not just on the one immediately upon us.

image: © Jason Gulledge

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