Moyes needs to answer United fans, and quick; Arsenal will go into Christmas on top

In our newest feature ‘at the end of the day’ Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool feature.

In this Premier League focused ‘at the end of the day’, Stephen Pickering takes a look at football's biggest talking points.

After Manchester United lost last night at home to Everton, there was your anticipated internet hyperbole towards the current manager David Moyes. I always had a feeling that the change in manager would be difficult for some fans to deal with, and could have predicted this reaction a mile off. 

Manchester United fans are often labelled as 'glory' supporters and whilst that may be unfair in some case, it's certainly a factor that if you support Manchester United you don't expect to lose games. Under Ferguson they rarely did so there was never really any need to ask for his head, however, for fans/players...etc to turn around and say Manchester United fans are special because THAT was the case are absolutely bonkers. 

There is a large majority of fans that support Manchester United purely because of the trophies they compete for, and the history the club has. It doesn't take a genius to figure out once that image becomes tarnished in their mind they cloud more reasoned fans who are happier to give the new man time.

The transitional period to take over from a manager that had been in the hot seat since before the Premier League had even been invented was always going to be a difficult job. Alex Ferguson's role inside the club meant it would be hard to live outside the shadow of the legacy and therefore, it would be a job steeped in heavy expectation. 

However the pressure is definitely on him to get results, and quickly! Otherwise fan discontent is only going to spread.


It is a completely different story at Arsenal and again, they showed their quality once more in a 2-0 win over Hull City. Although they were heavily tipped to win the game, and comfortably - it's always good to see your top players shine on such a game like they have faced against Hull.

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini all shone proving that they're simply not a 'hot and cold' team. Add to that another clean-sheet earned by their excellent defending, as Hull could only muster 2 shots on target.

I would be very surprised if Arsenal were to fall-out of top spot before Christmas and at the end of the year can really look back at an excellent 2013. I expect them to push on even further next season, and truth be told - I don't expect them to budge between now and the end of the season.

As early as it is, I definitely back the Gunners to be top at Christmas... and I cautiously back them to lift the title at the end of the season. 

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