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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Owen: Moyes will get it right

Published 30/09/2013 | 18:51

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David Moyes has endured a topsy-turvy start to his Manchester United career

Michael Owen insists David Moyes will come through the rocky start to his Manchester United career and prove to be the right choice to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.

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United have suffered three defeats in their opening six Barclays Premier League games to leave Moyes reeling.

Some fans have been critical of his team selection, in particular his use of Shinji Kagawa and decision not to give new boy Wilfried Zaha any time on the pitch.

Others acknowledge the squad Moyes inherited is nowhere near as strong as last season's 11-point title win indicated, a fact the Scot himself has seemed to endorse over the weekend.

In addition, Eric Steele has claimed Moyes went against the advice of Ferguson by dispensing with the services of the former goalkeeping coach and senior coaches Rene Meulensteen and Mike Phelan in the summer, denying United the continuity that could be invaluable at the present time.

It has created a pretty unhappy backdrop ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk, who slammed five past Real Sociedad in their opening Group A game a fortnight ago.

Yet Owen, who spent three years with the Old Trafford outfit before leaving for Stoke in 2012, insists Moyes will eventually get it right.

"It was always going to change quite dramatically," he told fifa.com.

"When someone has been there for over 25 years, whoever was going to take the job was going to have big question marks put against them.

"It was going to be a change for everybody within the club.

"Manchester United have appointed the right man in David Moyes, he has had a good career so far and has done fantastically well at Everton.

"In time he will prove to be a very good choice.

"They've had a bit of a slow start to the season, but they've had a difficult start to the season.

"I'm sure they'll get it right though and will still be one of the main challengers at the end of the season."

That opinion is not shared by the bookmakers, who have pushed United out to fourth favourites for the title at odds that would suggest they are expected to be battling with Tottenham for the final Champions League berth.

United did make a winning start to their European campaign, though, by beating Bayer Leverkusen and will have Nani back from suspension in Ukraine this week.

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