David Moyes has endured a tougher start to life at Old Trafford than I’m sure he’d have expected for and certainly hoped for but, as the record books will reflect, he isn’t doing half as badly as many would assert – in fact he’s having about as successful a start to his first season in charge as his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson endured some 26 years ago.
So far David Moyes took over the Premier League champions in June and, in the Premier League alone, has won 6, drawn 4, and lost 5 of his 15 games in charge.
Sir Alex Ferguson took over a Manchester United side that were 20th in the First Division table prior to his first game in charge on November 8th 1986. Of his first 15 games in charge Ferguson also won 6 games, drew 6 and lost 3 to take United up to 12th place in the table.
Moyes’ Red Devils currently sit 9th which I recognize is a far cry from the title-win last term but, crucially, Moyes has only taken 2 points less from his first 15 games in charge than Ferguson did in 1986/87 – Ferguson took 24 points and so far Moyes has taken 22 points from the same number of games. Meanwhile the two Scotsmen actually recorded the same win percentage in their first 15 games in charge at Old Trafford – both had 40% wins, no more and no less in that same period.
It goes without saying that times have changed since 1986 and it goes without saying that Moyes hasn’t had the best of starts but what definitely needs to be said and understood is that Sir Alex Ferguson improved on that record and, given the time and the faith invested in him the same, so will David Moyes who, currently, is doing pretty much as well and as his legendary predecessor did back then.
Perhaps given a quarter of a century more to bring his ideas to fruition at the Theatre of Dreams and his dreams of emulating Ferguson’s success with United could be a reality. One day.
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