The Checklist! Three things Moyes must do to remain manager

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The win against Olympiakos could provide a good platform for Moyes to build upon, but we take a look at what else he needs to achieve this season to remain Manchester United manager.

It has been a testing couple of months for David Moyes and Manchester United, as their poor start to the season compromised their confidence and since then have gone on to look a shadow of what they were last season.

A number of different reasons have been suggested to be the problem at Old Trafford, and more often than not, the former Everton manager would come into the suggested firing line.

However, after a good win against Olympiakos which seems to have lifted the place a little, we have a look at three more things Moyes needs to achieve to remain in the managerial hot seat for next season.

Finish in Sixth place or higher...

The main objective for the rest of season is not to finish outside the top six, which at the minute they're failing to do.

Usually, sixth position doesn't guarantee you Europa League qualification, however, in this case due to Manchester City's League Cup victory, it will.

As things currently stand Tottenham, Everton and United are entwined together in a battle for fifth and sixth position. Everton are arguably the best placed side to secure at least one of those positions, due to their games in hand and points tally, whereas United, at the minute, are in the worst position for a top six spot.

If Moyes can drive United into the top 6, and at least obtain a Europa League spot next season, then it should go a long way to reliving the pressure.

Don't disgrace yourself in the Champions League

The win against Olympiakos, whilst invigorating for the supporters, could end up being a double-edged sword for David Moyes. The draw for Man United could lead to them playing some of Europe's most dangerous sides, with all the strong favourites for the competition still in the hat.

Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid look like the sides Manchester United should want to face, however, looking from the outside looking in, you would have to say United are by far the weakest side currently left in the competition.

The potential of the Champions League is magical, but at this point, it only takes one bad performance against the likes of Messi, Ronaldo or Ribery to be on the end of an merciless hammering.

Player bonding & control

And by this, I don't mean tie players up over the summer and mute them from the press. It means building strong foundations and having the players believe in your methods,

In the likely event Manchester United don't gain a Champions League spot for next season, it will be important for Moyes to keep the 'better' players at the club around and stop them from moving on.

This is usually easier said than done, as the sharks will no doubt circle in the summer. It can be a difficult situation, even for the bigger clubs but Moyes will need to show his mettle, from now until the start of next season in order to keep the players that he wants around.

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