David Moyes may be under huge pressure to improve results, but his start actually hasn't been bad compared to his predecessors.
There is a lot of pressure on Moyes currently due to Manchester United's poor start to 2014. They have lost three games in a row for the first time since 2001.
Their home record has been poor with five defeats at Old Trafford already this season. They are out of the FA Cup, it looks like the top four is their target for the Premier League now, and they even face a battle to overcome Sunderland for a place in the Capital One Cup final.
It was never going to be an easy job for Moyes to take. Following in Sir Alex Ferguson's footsteps is almost an impossible task. However the statistics show that Moyes has actually had a decent start to his tenure at Manchester United. A better start than Ferguson, and better than Sir Matt Busby as well.
Moyes has been in charge for 31 games, and has guided The Red Devils to victory in 18 of those. A 58% win record which is much better than some of United's greatest ever managers.
Of course he has taken the job in different circumstances to the other managers shown in the statistic, but it is still a good start for the Scotsman nonetheless. Perhaps he should be doing better, as he is in charge of the reigning champions of the Premier League and Manchester United are a club who continue to grow and are a completely different club to the one Ferguson took over.
With the rise in stature over the years comes an expectation from the fans. Moyes certainly is feeling the brunt of that now, and in Fergie's days and Matt Busby's as well there weren't as many global United fans demanding instant success from the new manager.
It took Sir Alex a couple of years to get things right at Old Trafford, and Moyes should be given time as well. Yes, he has great resources available to him, better than Ferguson had initially, but it doesn't make the job any easier. It is perhaps even harder, as Moyes is almost expected to replicate the success of Ferguson.
It's a new era at the club, and fans need to understand that. Moyes and Woodward will take time to stamp their mark on the club. 18 wins from his first 31 games is a steady start. Like Ferguson and Busby, things will slowly start to improve for Moyes I'm sure. Some people need to take a step back and realise the monumental challenge Moyes has taken on, and in fact he isn't doing so badly after all.
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