Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

David Moyes must start winning consistently or pressure will really begin to mount on him

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: David Moyes, manager of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on October 5, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Premier League returns on Saturday. Seems like ages since West Ham were beating Spurs 3-0 at White Hart Lane and Arsenal were going back to the top of the table with a hard fought draw at West Brom.

So much has happened since then.

Northern Ireland lost to Azerbaijan, prompting more debate about the state of our national team, and then gained a deserved draw in Israel.

England qualified for the World Cup finals. As did holders Spain and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Robbie Keane scored his 61st goal for the Republic of Ireland. Staggering.

Wales blooded their youngest ever international... a kid called Harry Wilson aged just 16 years and 207 days.

Ulster opened their Heineken Cup campaign with a victory over Leicester.

Cricket great Sachin Tendulkar announced he was retiring.

Sir Alex Ferguson had a road named after him.

And David Moyes enjoyed the best two weeks of his Manchester United managerial career.

No one has been questioning him, the pressure's been off and he's able to get on with his job without all the hassle he's had since walking through the Old Trafford door.

Moyes even had time to go and watch Chesterfield play Fleetwood at the Highbury Stadium in League Two.

Apparently he was on a scouting trip to view Chesterfield's highly rated midfielder Tendayi Darikwa.

After failing to sign Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera and Real Madrid's Sami Khedira to strengthen the middle of the park, maybe the United boss has decided to go down a different track.

Whoever he brings into the club, the bottom line for Moyes (right), and this despite Ferguson's call for fans to be patient with his successor, is that he has to start winning on a consistent basis and ensure that United quickly climb the Premier League table.

Unlike others, even though United have lost three league games this season, I do NOT believe they are out of the title race.

We are still in October and while in ninth place at present, the Red Devils are just six points behind the leaders with 31 matches still to play.

United take on the team of the season so far on Saturday when Southampton, in fourth, visit Old Trafford.

After a relaxing fortnight, the pressure will be back on Moyes at the weekend to safeguard a home win. He's not going to get sacked if the Saints make it defeat number four, but faith amongst the United fans, already in short supply, will diminish even further.

He needs the supporters with him, not against wondering why he was appointed in the first place.

That will do the club no good at all.

Moyes has to start delivering right now.

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