Moyes needs patience and support to get it right

Moyes needs patience and support to get it right

Manchester United fans may have been vociferously expressing their support and backing of their six-month old manager during their third 2-1 successive loss, this time against Sunderland in the first leg of the Capital One Cup, but deep inside they are hurting.

Manchester United have been accustomed to picking silverware every season, and despite a disappointing summer, expectations were cautiously high. After all, Fergie did leave Moyes a handsome inheritance of a championship winning side.

Six months down the line and Moyes has been breaking the wrong records; a first defeat to Everton at home in 21 years, a first defeat at home to West Brom in 35 years as well as first defeat at home to Newcastle in 41 years to name a few. Yes, Old Trafford has lost its might aura of invincibility, but the players too must shoulder some blame- it takes two to tango.

While the club may currently be the focal point of thousands of soccer jokes, historians will remember all too well the dangers of writing Moyes or Manchester United off in the coming seasons.

When Sir Alex Ferguson walked through the gates of the Theatre of Dreams, it took him a long three years to lift his first trophy for the club, slowly but surely imprinting his identity into his team. Over the years, Fergie tweaked, recycled and reinvented his team, augmenting it with a breath of his mentaility- and it worked for him. And after over 25 years at the helm, he passed on the mantle to his successor, David Moyes.

Moyes has had a torrid start to the season, sitting seventh on the Premier League table and having been eliminated from the FA Cup in the first time trying. Bar the Community Shield, fans have had very little to be cheerful of. However, what the soccer world fail to see- a point the pundits constantly put across- is the style of play he is trying to introduce into the team. As evident with the arrival of any new manager, a tactical shift in play as well as an altered training regime is expected. Moyes has made it no secret he prefers stamina and endurance as opposed to a simple counter-attacking kind of play. And has been evident from the injuries to Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Carrick, the regime is taking its toll on the players. However, Moyes works for the future- a firm believer of reaping the rewards tomorrow for the struggles today. And in games to come- be it this season or the next- his knuckle down approach is likely to pay off.

That being said, now having the luxury of finances to back him up, Moyes must be willing to dip into the transfer kitty and recruit the core foundation for his Manchester United side. He has the resources; all that remains to be seen is if he can salvage this season to provide an attractive pull factor for any player willing to switch allegiance.

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