Finished, end of their dominance, another Liverpool and an over achieving squad. These were some of the comments we were led to believe were the future for Manchester United.
The Red Devils are into the last eight of the League Cup, three points away from the last 16 of the Champions league and should they beat Arsenal tomorrow are only five points off the top with two-thirds of the league remaining.
So why was the doomsday opinions offered? Why did people write of England’s most successful club?
Sir Alex handpicked David Moyes, the man who has guided Everton to three fifth place finishes, one fourth place finish and saved the club from relegation in 2003/04.
Considering the money available to Everton and its limited fan base, that’s pretty impressive by anyone’s standards.
United were 8/1 to retain the title that they romped to in May. 11 points was the difference between first and second last term, how can so much change over 10 weeks?
Should United beat the high flying Gunners on Sunday, nothing will have changed. Traditionally United don’t assert themselves till early March. A win at home this weekend and the Champions are back in touch and have played all the big sides.
Moyes is getting to terms with his new staff and squad; he is adjusting from the 15th biggest job in English football to the Biggest. The man needs time and will flourish once give it.
Adan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha and Alex Buttner are only some of the youth players at his disposal. Rooney, van Persie, Carrick, De Gea and Vidic all brilliant players who are well established.
It takes a brave man to write off a Scot, especially a Bhoy from Glasgow.