Can Moyes be compared to Rodgers 12 months ago?

Can Manchester United boss David Moyes time at his new club be compared to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool a year ago?

Manchester United once again underwhelmed spectators after a wasteful performance against Arsenal ended a highly-anticipated match 0-0.

Both sides in the game had enough chances to actually get all three points, however, whether it was down to good goalkeeping or an agonising few inches, it just wasn't to be.

Arsenal and Manchester United fans voiced their frustrations after the game with boos ringing around the Emirates Stadium, with United fans obviously having more to moan about.

A few people after the game were comparing the current situation at United in the same light as Liverpool 12 months ago, obviously with a few major discrepancies being overlooked.

Rodgers was unveiled as the Liverpool manager on the 1st June 2012 and a clear rebuild project was on the cards, especially after the club had spent serious money to finish in a very underwhelming position.

Moyes on the other hand inherited the previous season's Premier League champions and although the age of certain key players was alarming, it's certainly wasn't anywhere near the same scenario to what Rodgers had to deal with at Liverpool.

Another huge discrepancy is the fact that Moyes has been able to spend close to £70m in the transfer market this season, whereas Rodgers spent just shy of £50m at Liverpool last-term. 

The similarities between Liverpool after 26 games last season and United after 26 games this season is remarkable.

Manchester United have a better record than Liverpool did last season, with 12 wins from 26 games and currently sat in 7th position.

Liverpool were sitting 9th in the league behind both Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at this point last season, having won just nine of their first 26 matches.

And the fans weren't happy - the internet was full of supporters with their finger on trigger and ready to dump the former Swansea manager out of a job. Similarly to the Moyes situation now.

12 months on and Liverpool are chasing a Champions League place, playing attractive football and scoring at will. Most Reds fans will agree that the board not giving in to some of the fans' demands last season has played a huge part in their most successful season in years.

It seems the success of Rodgers and the constant comparisons to his situation 12 months ago to Moyes now is keeping the former Everton manager in a job, as it gives people hope.

If Rodgers can do it at Liverpool, then Moyes can do it at United. And until this potential success story is realistically ruled out, i.e. next season. I think he will still carry on as the Manchester United boss.

image: © Jon Candy

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