Moyes Out! Okay, calm down, that was a joke, but not even a month into the job, the man who took on the impossible task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson is already finding out that managing Manchester United is quite a bit different to managing Everton.
The hashtag #MoyesOut was actually trending on Twitter following the defeat in his first game on Saturday (I didn’t make it up) and although that is blatantly ridiculous, it is fair to say that the Scot has enjoyed a tough first few weeks in the job.
The 1-0 loss to Singha All Stars means (puts on Edwin Starr voice) absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things, but the situation with Wayne Rooney most certainly does, with the striker’s future up in the air as much as a football at the Britannia Stadium.
Add into the equation Moyes’ failure to bring in any notable transfers thus far – Barcelona’s Thiago slipped through his grasp as soon as Bayern Munich came calling – and it has been a difficult start to the former Preston manager’s tenure.
And it might not get much easier when United face the A-League All-stars in Sydney on Saturday.
United are 3/10, but that looks awfully short, so I reckon a combination of the 7/1 on a home win and the 18/5 on the draw could be the way to go.
You can find odds of 9/4 for the All Stars to avoid defeat and that looks like a big price.
United had plenty of youngsters out last weekend and even though Robin van Persie has now joined up with the squad, his involvement will be limited and Moyes is still without a host of stars and relying largely on Danny Welbeck for goals up front – not a position you ever want to be in.
The Reds scored just three times in their five tour matches last year as pre-season started slowly and it could be the case again as they get used to the seismic change in the dugout.
As such, it is worth a go on the 9/4 that United fail to win.