By coming out with comments suggesting his side needs improvement in terms of personnel is a bit defensive, but they can still contend for honours.
So what are his targets for this season with the current squad, are they good enough to win trophies?
Well, this is the same side that has won the Premier League title last season barring the addition of Marouanne Fellaini, so the mentality they have had from previous seasons is the same, the players know how to be in a pressure position and come through the other end victorious – and there are still elements of the side that won the Champions League in 2008.
It is hard to believe that the players are the problem at Manchester United, the change of management will have undoubtedly had an effect, and if there were any cracks in amongst the playing staff, Sir Alex Ferguson was good enough to paper over at least some of them.
Moyes hinted at things getting worse before they get better, but how much worse is acceptable?
Does that mean they’re going to be without a trophy but will comfortably qualify for the Champions League comfortably? That wouldn’t be a bad position to be in.
But this United squad still has the personnel to pick up honours this season, their players have been there before and know how to win on the big occasion, and if they do come up against ‘better’ sides on paper, over the course of 90 minutes if they play well it could go either way. It would be silly to write them off at this stage by say they're going to win nothing and that they will struggle to compete.
Moyes should not have been so drastic in his comments. It does come across as a reaction to one game when the bigger picture is not so bad, but comments like that are perhaps not the greatest way to manage your side through a difficult period.
Then again, if he gets a couple of wins together fairly soon, those comments will probably be forgotten about.
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