United could therefore be considered a side in transition, with Moyes inheriting the group of players that won the league for Sir Alex Ferguson, with Marouane Fellaini the only significant change to the squad.
There were comparisons to Sir Alex Ferguson when Moyes was appointed to his position at Old Trafford but he’s a different manager, with different methods, getting to know a squad that Fergie knew inside out.
“Maybe all season I have to take a few blows. But I knew this was going to be the case because I was taking over from a great manager and it was always going to take time for me to get my own ways and change things round a little bit,” said Moyes as per the Independent.
United have already received two significant blows this season; away defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City, arguably the two fixtures that United fans want to win more than any other each season.
It’s the manner of those defeats which seems to have hurt the club’s supporters, and the manager, more than anything else.
“There will be days like we had on Sunday and there might be more of them because we are in a period where there will be transition. We looked quite easy to play against which is not the norm for Manchester United,” added Moyes.
A transitional period could be just what United need because Moyes clearly needs time to get to know his best eleven, to learn more about his current squad but significantly about the club’s rivals for silverware.
United have a squad of talented players that have proven to be short in key fixtures.
That allows Moyes to target certain transfers this winter, allowing them to bed in over the second half of the season before further improvements are made next summer.
In terms of the Premier League, it looks like it’s going to be very tough for United to retain their Premier League title but by next summer the current squad will have another season of playing together, with United responding the same way that their rivals responded over the summer just gone.
It’s also a season where he’s getting his teeth stuck into the group stages and possibly the knock out round of the Champions League for the very first time.
He’ll be better for the experience of European football, again being able to improve on any short comings which are exposed in the Champions League this season.
The relationship between the manager and the fans will also benefit from a season of transition.
Regardless of whether United win any silverware this season, by next summer the fans would have come down to Moyes’ level following the high expectations and anticipation which always came hand in hand with Sir Alex Ferguson.
That will allow the ‘common cause’ at Manchester United to push forward, becoming stronger as Moyes gradually gets better at his job in charge of the club.
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