Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Arsenal Scalp Vital for Reds

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Arsenal Scalp Vital for Reds

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PUBLICLY David Moyes said he wasn't singing and dancing about United's win against Arsenal.

I doubt he would have done a little jig and a chorus of Glory, Glory Man United, but I bet when he got back to the sanctuary of his Old Trafford office on Sunday evening he'd have sat in his chair and let out a huge sigh of relief.

Something to the tune of 'thank God for that' would have passed his lips.

The Reds boss won't say it but the victory over the Gunners was a huge win for him as much as anything else.

Now he has a big scalp, a feather in his cap, and that can give him an enormous platform from which to go forward.

Having lost to Liverpool and City and drawn with Chelsea in previous heavyweight contests this season, there were be some people questioning his credentials to do the job at Old Trafford.

There were even bigger question marks results poor after against West Brom and Southampton.

When you are a new manager and you have thoseit results of kind can put your building plans on shifting sands.

Did we expect anything different in the first few months of David Moyes' reign? No.

So many things change when somebody replaces another person and, obviously, it is even more difficult when your successor is Sir Alex Ferguson and you are taking over the Premier League champions.

In view of that, everything we have witnessed so far this season has been very, very predictable.

I am sure the United hierarchy expected something similar as well. I am certain the vast majority of sensible supporters anticipated a similar tough time of it.

Taking all that into account, a new manager still needs a big result like the one on Sunday against the Premier League leaders to give him some gravitas.

When you are attempting to change a few things around, no matter how few or minor, you still need results to go your way to show you are on the right road. …

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