"Your job now is to stand by the new manager," said Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, addressing the Old Trafford faithful for one final time as he announced and accepted his impending departure from the job he had held for 27 years.
The Old Trafford crowd have heeded the words laid down by their former leader, and Moyes has been vociferously backed by the fans in his three competitive games as Manchester United manager, so much so that the Scot has already been afforded the privilege of his own chant, to the tune of Slade’s ‘Come On Feel The Noise’.
Fans that could never have imagined anyone other than SAF at the helm have already warmed to the idea of a manager in the same steely Glaswegian mould as his predecessor gracing the touchlines with obscene outbursts of unbridled rage enough to sing his name.
Yet despite the solid start to the season and the vocal support of the home crowd, Moyes has been unforgivably undermined by goings on behind the scenes.
The United hierarchy have seemingly forgotten the echoing last words of the man they recently erected a statue of, by embarrassingly bumbling their way through the transfer window, a window that was seen as a means of sending out a message to any opponents that may have been seeking to capitalise on the club’s perceived period of instability.
The club attempted to lure Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara to Old Trafford, a signing that would have strengthened United’s image of appealing to the best players in Europe, whilst aligning with their policy of producing and nurturing young talent.
But despite meeting the buy-out fee in the player’s contract, Ed Woodward and co. were laboured in their attempts to make the player a suitable offer, and he was promptly snapped up by super-giants Bayern Munich.
In an astonishing showing of a lack of self-awareness, the club then tried to sign another Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, THE VERY NEXT DAY. After facing criticism from their own fans for letting Thiago leave seemingly without a fight, the Catalan club were never realistically going to let go of another player, and a fan favourite at that, without a fight.
After further two bids for the player who by this time had publicly stated that he had no desire to leave his boyhood club, Woodward turned his attention to the Everton pairing of Leighton Baines and Marouanne Fellaini.
Proving that he could still achieve higher levels of incompetence, the newly installed Chief executive waited until after Fellaini’s buy-out clause had expired before tabling a bid, alongside making a fresh bid of £12 million for Baines after their original bid of, ahem, £12 million was rejected.
There still remains hope that United will eventually get their men, but the humiliation caused by a series of failed transfers will be the lingering memory of what should have been an exciting and impressive new start to the career of David Moyes.
Such is the nature of working at one of the world’s most successful clubs, Moyes has had to cope with an avalanche of high profile off the field issues, whilst all the time battling the media’s ongoing doubts about his ability to pick up from where Sir Alex left off.
Despite everything, he has led his side to a more than solid start to the season. A Community Shield win at Wembley, an opening day trouncing of the much fancied Swansea City, and a draw against title-favourites Chelsea have so far silenced any meaningful criticism of his appointment.
But the real test will come this weekend, when Moyes and his boys travel to the Manchester club’s oldest and fiercest enemies at Anfield.
A win against Liverpool at their home ground, despite them not being the team of old that threatened United’s status as champions of England on a regular basis, may just be enough to put an embarrassing summer to the back of the minds of those trigger-happy naysayers, and remind us that in David Moyes, Manchester United have signed another manager capable of producing the goods in a time of uncertainty.