During Sir Alex Ferguson’s first few years at Manchester United, success did not exactly ebb and flow around Old Trafford.
Silverware wasn’t being won, results weren’t overly pleasing, and people were generally a bit fed up. But the club stuck with him and the rest is history, as they say.
But now, after he has left his position at the helm of United, David Moyes has taken charge in totally different times.
The circumstances may be similar, with poor results, lack lustre performances and a growing sense of discontent surround the side, but the question then, begs to be asked: will the current United board give Moyes as much time as Ferguson was given?
Football has changed drastically since the era when Ferguson first came to Old Trafford. There is a real chop and change attitude when it comes to managerial roles, with many clubs giving the man in charge his marching orders within six months of them being appointed.
Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo and Michael Laudrup are just a few examples from recent seasons who have not been given the time they felt they needed.
So with Manchester United currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League and playing some of their worst football for years, it makes you wonder if David Moyes might be facing the axe at some point soon.
It was thought that after their crucial Champions League win over Olympiakos last week that perhaps United could drive on after a humiliating home defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
They continued to build a little with another victory over West Ham at Upton Park, but their next real test came tonight against Manchester City. A test which United failed. Badly.
The drive and commitment of the players was again very questionable, with many of them looking like they did not even want to be there at all.
Big money signing Juan Mata has yet to make any kind of impression on the side, as is Fellaini, who were both questionable again tonight.
Moyes seems to have no idea how to set his teams up at the start of a game and when things begin to go wrong, he is even more stumped and makes substitutions that have little or no impact on the game whatsoever.
All of these things were clearly demonstrated tonight, as City comfortably beat the defending champions 3-0, with goals from Yaya Toure and a double from Edin Dzeko.
Many people suggested at the start of the season that Moyes may well have been thrown in at the deep end and was way out of his depth, but there was also a feeling that he was the perfect man to grow into the role.
I was not of this opinion.
The work that Moyes did at Everton was nothing short of brilliant; guiding a team with very limited resources into the top six of the Premier League and even gaining qualification to European competitions.
However, taking over at Manchester United is something totally different, especially when you take over from Ferguson.
He has made poor signings, his team are playing poorly, their league position is poor. There is nothing positive about United’s season.
I cannot help but thinking that come the end of the season, that Moyes will be gone unless there is some kind of miracle brewing in the seats of the Stretford End.
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