In Moyes they should trust

A total of seven points from six games meant on saturday night Manchester United dropped to 12th in the Premier League table, matching exactly the points haul that prompted calls for Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson to be sacked 24 years ago.

The back to back league defeats are different. It was no surprise at how well Manchester City played in the derby last weekend.

When you have as many good players as they have – particularly Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany – it is always likely to happen.

There aren’t too many teams who could have stood up to the way City performed in the 4-1 win at The Etihad.

And Manchester United were made to look worse than they are because of the quality of opposition.

West Bromwich on saturday was different. After losing to City United were faced with a run of five games thatthey would have expected to win. That would have been the reaction that everyone expected under Ferguson.

They didn't get the result against West Brom, but it is a bit early to be jumping on David Moyes’s back but after the results United have had he would have been expecting criticism.

One point out of a possible nine against three of their rivals will have disappointed him too. The truth is if Sir Alex Ferguson had got similar results in the last few weeks he would have been criticised as well.

It's also worth remembering that Manchester City have lost twice already and Chelsea are only four points better off than United. No one is calling for the head of Manuel Pelegrini or Jose Mourinho. Both City and Chelsea spent around the £100 million mark with significant reinforcements.

As champions, you are in a real position of strength to make purchases but United have only really bought Robin van Persie and Marouane Fellaini in the past two years. This is something United will have to address and quickly.

Even at this early stage of the season they are dependent on the other top teams taking points off each other.

What they don’t want is a side like City to go on a long unbeaten run. If they do it will be difficult to reel them in.

Let’s not forget United have only won one trophy in the last two years.

It’s not like Moyes walked into an all-conquering club. In fact, compare United’s investment in the transfer market recently with City’s, Tottenham’s and Chelsea’s and it doesn’t measure up. It's just possible that Ferguson saw United needed rebuilding and didn't fancy the job of building another team.

The Premier league was quite poor last season. United effectively ran away with it despite their deficiencies. A tribute to the force that was Ferguson. This year four of the pretenders to their throne have made significant purchases and Arsenal have bought the type of creative force United need in Mesut Ozil.

Football legend Johan Cruyff says Moyes needs time to come to terms with being Manchester United manager.

Cruyff was part of the Dutch team famed for its fluid pass-and-move style during the 1970s and the forward played for Ajax and Barcelona before going on to manage both teams.

"If you are going to succeed somebody who was very successful it takes some time," he told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme.

"They have got a new manager and a new chief executive so it takes some time to adjust, which is quite normal."

He added: "It is not a question of your own way of doing things. It is a question that everybody expects you to do everything and win everything.

"They won a lot of things before and they didn't buy a lot of new players, which is an area where they could have done better.

"People always like to win and fans are the same everywhere so it's quite normal that they are like that."

Fans have to remember that football is a cyclical sport. United were always going to find life after Ferguson difficult and sooner or later the stream of trophies was going to come to an end.

Then again, when were fans ever realistic in their expectations?

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