David Moyes is the right man for the job, just be patient.

Updated: October 18, 2013
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Entering match day 8 of the current Premier League season, Manchester United sits in ninth place on the table. I am sure every Manchester United fan who just read the first sentence wanted to punch their computer for that little reminder, and if you are a fan of one of Manchester United’s rivals, you may have just kissed your computer. I will tell you that I am not a Manchester United supporter, so I have no bias for this team whatsoever. Manchester United has been a thorn in my Arsenal’s side since I was a child, and that won’t change, regardless of how you feel about David Moyes’ shaky start to the Premier League season. David Moyes has the unenviable task of taking over a Manchester United team that’s won double-digit Premier League titles under their previous legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s probably difficult to succeed a great manager at a successful appliance store let alone a world legend at one of the biggest football clubs in history. But, that’s what David Moyes is up against, and that’s why he needs time to get his bearings.

Moyes’ previous club was Everton F.C., a team he managed from 2002-2013, when he was appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. The blue half of Mersey side was blessed to have such an amazing manager like Moyes for so many years. Other than the 2003-2004 season, where Everton finished 17th in the league, Everton was consistently punching above its weight in the English top-flight. There were only two seasons during Moyes tenure at Everton that his team did not finish in the top half of the table. He even managed to get his team to fourth place in the 2004-2005 season - think about that for a moment. Look at the managers in the Premier League the season Everton finished fourth. Arsenal had Arsene Wenger, Liverpool had Rafael Benitez, Chelsea had Jose Mourinho, and Manchester United had Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm. Barring Benitez, the other three managers are living legends, and in regards to Benitez, he would take his team to a Champions League final that season and beat AC Milan to bring the trophy to Liverpool. Yet somehow, with a transfer budget at Everton those managers would laugh at, Moyes continually made Everton relevant.  So I am supposed to believe at Manchester United, a legendary club with their resources, Moyes is not going to be more successful than he was at Everton? Rubbish.

I’ve heard from some Manchester United fans that Moyes is out of his depth, or Ferguson made the wrong decision picking his fellow Scotsman to take over for him. Those fans have lost the plot and should be ashamed of themselves. Look at the midfield and wingers Moyes inherited and tell me this is a team capable of truly fighting for honors consistently. You mean to tell me Ashley Young, Tom Cleverly, and Michael Carrick are going to boss the mid-field against the world’s best? I beg to differ. Then he inherits an angry Wayne Rooney from the previous regime, and has to make sure he keeps him not only happy, but first and foremost, at the club. He has an aging defense and Ryan Giggs is still on his bench. Then you have players like Anderson Silva, who looks lost half of the time he’s on the pitch, and the inconsistent but ultra-talented Antonio Valencia. If I’m not mistaken, it was not David Moyes who let Paul Pogba leave Manchester United, was it? No, it was not. Moyes has brought in Maroune Fellani to add so some steel to the United midfield, and if he is able to add a creative force to play behind Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, you’d again have the most potent strike force in the Premier League.

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If United can add a player like Fabio Coentrao, and find a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand, this team will be as dominant as ever. All this takes transfer funds in order to come to fruition, transfer funds that Moyes will have at his disposal being United’s manager. If it makes Manchester United fans feel better, in American sports the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Yankees are currently under new management, and United is in far better hands than either of those two franchises for the short term. Both those franchises have children who took the teams over from fathers who were at top of their games, and made those teams the legendary franchises they are today. I know Alex Ferguson and David Moyes are not father and son, but it was one Scot passing the team he built to another Scot, and having faith he could do the job. And sorry to tell you, Sir Alex Ferguson is smarter than you and me, so if Moyes was his choice, he’s the correct choice.

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So Manchester United fans, have patience, because you will not be going long without winning a trophy. Take it from an Arsenal fan that is going on 9 long years without a trophy. If Arsenal fans can wait 9 years and stick by Arsene Wenger, then waiting until the January and summer transfer windows to become dominant again isn’t too much to ask. If it is, you may want to turn in your fake fan card and give your Old Trafford seats to a real supporter. 

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  1. Sardis A.

    October 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I am a true Maun U fan, and to tell u man ever since Moyes took over, i have not seen a well written piece like this. Good Job mate

    • Frantz Paul

      October 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      I really appreciate the compliment my friend. I love football.

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