Manchester United are struggling, don’t know if you noticed, but they are.
New manager David Moyes knows that the club are not doing as well as they should be this season, even if they have a new manager for the first time in however many years.
When Sir Alex Ferguson left we all knew that United would struggle to replace him sufficiently, and despite most people saying at the time that Moyes was always going to be the replacement, now many are doubting his ability to manage a club of this magnitude.
But why the poor start?
He did wonders with a team who have much less talent coursing through their veins at Everton so United should be a doddle, a breeze, a walk in the park.
But isn’t this just a typical David Moyes start to the season?
One thing Moyes never really had at Everton was a good start to a season, it was only until recently he finally cracked that conundrum.
Traditionally however the Moyes-era Everton side were always slow out the traps.
As an Everton fan I can tell you that I never really took any notice of the Premier League table until about November. Under Moyes, we were many good things - organised, ruthless on our day and deceptively direct, but one thing we were not was good starters.
Many an occasion Everton began campaigns under Moyes with relegation form, and some quarters would ask if the bubble had burst.
But by the time the New Year had rolled around everything was hunky-dory, and Everton usually finished in the top half of the table.
Why this happened was a mystery. Was it a lack of preparation in pre-season, stagnation of a team, poor transfer dealings … whatever, it was almost always a problem.
But it was fine with Everton. They could recover, finish in the top ten and most fans would be happy with that.
Moyes will not be afforded the same liberty at Old Trafford.
He must exorcise these early season demons if he is to ever win a Premier League title, one which looks to be out of reach already this campaign.
If he doesn’t … then his time at United will be short-lived.
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