Former Old Trafford favourite Peter Schmeichel has stated that whoever took over from Sir Alex Ferguson would be under scrutiny and that the new manager needs time to settle in at the club.
David Moyes relieved some of the pressure at Manchester United with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, but many of the club’s supporters are still questioning the former Everton man’s appointment.
Defeats to the Reds in the league and Manchester City in the derby at the Etihad Stadium have raised questions over whether Moyes in the right man to lead the current Premier League champions to future success.
Despite a less-than convincing start, Peter Schmeichel has urged the doubters to give Moyes time to settle into his new surroundings and make his presence at the club be felt.
"We always knew that whatever happened after Sir Alex, it would be a bumpy road. Someone had to be really brave and take that job," Schmeichel said.
"We knew every little thing that he does would be scrutinised and reported on in the media. It would be a debate - is he good enough?
"Has he got a few games left before he loses his job? He signed a six-year contract, there's a reason behind the six years.
"People in football have short memories. The start of last season is the same as this season you know.
"We played relatively few number of games and had two defeats one at Everton then Spurs at home and we still managed to win by 13 points.
"I listened to the radio on the way here and they're saying it's not even a top four squad, and I'm thinking 'guys where do you get this from?"
The hysteria around the United appointment was always going to be there, regardless of who took over from Ferguson, but those suggesting that Moyes is not the right man for the job should hold their tongues.
Many said the same thing about his predecessor, who was reportedly only a game or two away from being sacked in his early days at Old Trafford.
Moyes will certainly have a job on his hands to get anywhere near the success that his countryman achieved over 26 years, but he must be given time at the club.
The players and fans have become accustomed to having Ferguson at the helm, and a new face was always going to take time to be adjusted to. Schmeichel is correct that the Scot will not be going anywhere soon – a six-year contract shows that United have made their decision that Moyes is the man to lead the club forward.
Talk of Moyes being included in the sack race odds has been ludicrous, and with the squad that he has at his disposal, United will be there or thereabouts come the business end of the season.
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