When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in the summer, many Manchester United fans began to panic about what the future would hold for them.

For some young fans he was all they knew as they struggled to come to terms with a manager at the helm who wasn’t one of the – if not the – greatest managers of all time. The arrival of David Moyes was in the end expected, as if for many years he was being groomed to replace his fellow Scot.

But with the season now about to emerge from its second international break, we’ve learnt an awful lot about Moyes and his tactics at Manchester United. On some occasions he’s come under criticism for the right reasons in the press and the football betting news, but on others you have to feel as if many are simply jumping on the bandwagon.

At the moment, United sit six points behind Arsenal, now one of the favourites in the football betting odds for league glory, in the league table. That’s relatively unheard of at any point in a league season and they would usually have the pedigree to turn the deficit around.

Under Moyes though there’s that doubt that he may fail. It looks nailed on that the club will give him time, and their greatest decision could have been doing the same for Ferguson back in the day.

For now, the former Everton boss has to ride the storm and try bring the best out of the likes of Robin Van Persie, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young and Nani, who have all slipped out of form. This season is a huge turning point in the future of the club, and the next eight months could be huge.

The pressure is well and truly on Moyes and his squad – the question remains, can they continue the fine, historic run that Ferguson left in his legacy?