Manchester United’s owners will move to quash early doubts over the future of David Moyes by backing him to the tune of £50 million in January.
Moyes has come under early pressure at United after producing their worst start to the season in 24 years, but former player Gary Neville insists the presence of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton on the board will protect the new boss from the axe.
Neville said on Sky Sports, as reported by Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail:
You think about Sir Alex Ferguson, he was allowed to develop into a presence. In the first three or four years, 100 per cent he was under pressure.
David Moyes, there’s no doubt, is still coming to terms with the job, getting to know his players, the culture of the club, how to deal with his press conferences.
One thing is for certain. You have Sir Bobby Charlton in the boardroom, you have Sir Alex Ferguson in the boardroom, you have David Gill in the boardroom. This man is not going anywhere by the way. You give him three to four years , give him time to learn how to build a club.
But learning the ropes, it takes time and they will give him time.
Neville refers to the past reign of Ferguson, who took four years to win his first major trophy at United. The plan will be to show Moyes the same patience, but today’s world is far more demanding of instant success.
As a result, United will hand Moyes a transfer warchest in order to accelerate his bedding-in period at Old Trafford. David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror provides the details:
United owners the Glazers recognise the Premier League has become more competitive this season, with their immediate rivals having made significant investment in their squads, and are willing to hand Moyes the cash he needs.
That could be as early as January, when the transfer window re-opens, if the right players become available, as Moyes looks to bolster his squad with the quality he feels he is currently lacking.
According to Moyes himself, United have problems all over the pitch. Following defeat to West Brom the Scot insisted midfield was not the only area of the team that is lacking.
In defence, Rio Ferdinand has shown signs that his 34 years are catching up with him, while Alex Buttner is yet to prove himself an able deputy to Patrice Evra at left-back.
Midfield appears to be a significant problem, with a lack of creativity a clear issue as United remain short of a goal from open play since the opening day of the season.
The need for United to spend quickly is very evident. Boos are already ringing out at Old Trafford and the odd—knee-jerk—Twitter hashtag calling for Moyes’ job has already emerged.
In a world where social media like Twitter serves a much more demanding public, Moyes will not be allowed four years of failure.
Indeed, in a football environment where money and status has become so important, Moyes would be unlikely to survive past the summer if his side fail to finish in the top four this season.
Currently they are 12th, which is a true reflection of their performances. If the United boss cannot turn things around quickly, they may need to spend more than £50 million come January.