EPL: Moyes must be given time

EPL: Moyes must be given time
Manchester United's manager David Moyes.

If you are David Moyes today, there will be no place to hide.

Banner headlines in newspapers will scream he is primed for the axe.

Cartoonists would have been busy over the last couple of days working on his head using a guillotine.

Turn on the TV and tune in on radio and Moyes will hear former managers and players who have become pundits express disbelief over how poor Manchester United have become.

Angry fans will call on phone-ins and complain bitterly over how disjointed, listless and bereft of ideas his side were in the 3-0 humiliation by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Blogs and tweets will hurt, water-cooler talk and coffeeshop chat among fans and foe will mostly say he should be sacked.

It will be United's owners the Glazers who will have to wield the axe, because I am sure Moyes will not walk away from the job.

No manager walks away from Manchester United.

And I believe he should stay in his job.

Moyes must be given the time to get it right. He must get the chance to mould his own team.

If the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata continue to struggle, if talented youngsters like Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj fail to show improvement next season, and, crucially, if he fails to bring in top talent before the next campaign kicks off and there is little progress by December, then it will be time to act.

Not now, because there is no room for panic at a club of United's stature.

They say Sir Alex Ferguson was the biggest reason United romped to the league title last season.

His skill, motivational powers, influence and bloodymindedness were essential.

But the players were the biggest reason the Red Devils extended their record number of league wins to 20.

They mixed their undoubted talent with stubbornness and were tough to beat.

Their game was confident, Rio Ferdinand rolled back the years in defence and Robin van Persie was an all-moving, free-scoring genius.

Within a few months, they turned abject.

Nemanja Vidic and Ferdinand were suddenly old.

Crucially, injuries mounted, in defence and up front.

Van Persie's injury curse that looked as if it was exorcised last season reared its ugly head all over again and the Dutchman's stop-start appearances on the teamsheet hurt badly.

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