His detractors likely won't want to hear this but reports of David Moyes' Old Trafford demise are extremely premature. In fact, those expecting the Scot to fall flat on his face while occupying arguably one of the biggest jobs in club football are in for a rather long wait!
On Saturday I watched first hand as the reigning English Premier League champions recorded their first home league win – a 2-0 victory over newly promoted Crystal Palace – under their new head coach. It wasn't pretty but it didn't need to be.
As the legendary Alex Ferguson himself looked on from the Directors' box, Moyes spoke of his "relief" that three points had been secured with relative ease. He was also presumably very happy indeed to move on from the ridiculous over-reaction to his team's first and only defeat of the new season so far, a narrow one-nil reversal at arch -rival Liverpool.
Like his predecessor – Moyes clearly thrives on pressure and the "siege mentality" Ferguson so often spoke about will also be a big factor during the former Everton boss' tenure. Moyes has already proved he's very much his own man. He didn't cave in when some sections of the British media clamored for him to sell Wayne Rooney to Chelsea.
He stood his ground, didn't budge and the Englishman stayed put. Now United may or may not have missed out on certain other transfer window targets but this for me was the smartest "signing" of them all. For the Champions to keep one of their biggest names out of the clutches of their London rivals was huge and the manager must take immense credit for that.
For some his purchase of Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini was a panic buy, a player that was deemed to be not the one they needed. But the tall 25-year-old with the fuzzy hairdo was Moyes' stated pre – season target all along.
Yes, United still need a fair slice of creative flair to enhance their midfield but they also needed an "enforcer". Someone who'll get stuck in, run until he drops and with a proven eye for goal. Now they have that. And judging by the amount of wigs on show both inside and outside the crowd on match, day he's already proving one hugely popular signing with the Red Devils faithful.
Make no mistake Moyes will be given time to succeed, both he and United are in it together for the long haul. Why else would the Old Trafford hierarchy entrust him with a whopping six-year deal? Don't forget higher- profile names than he wanted the job but it was the then Toffees' boss who was hand- picked by Ferguson. And how often was his judgement for potential proved wrong?
I fully expect Moyes to add to the Community Shield he's already bagged this season. United are the most successful club in English FA Cup history but haven't won it in almost ten long years.
They're desperate to change that and it wouldn't surprise me one little bit if he delivers that too in his first season in charge. A good showing in the Europe will be expected as well but I believe it's the Premier league that remains the club's absolute priority. I won't jinx him by stating here and now United will retain their title this season but the Reds remain the team to beat, Fergie or no Fergie.