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Why Manchester United's poor start under Moyes has been overstated

After just seven games in charge of Manchester United, David Moyes is already a man under pressure. The Premier League champion has made an unquestionably poor start to life under the Scot, sitting in ninth position and closer to the relegation zone than it is to table-topping Arsenal.

United's title defense has already been written off in some quarters, a less fearsome proposition now than under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Yet, there are some positive signs for Moyes, and the team's performances - if not those of a certain talismanic Dutchman - remain largely consistent with those of last season.

Moyes, it should be noted, was handed a rough selection of fixtures to begin his tenure. The Red Devils have already played three of the current top five (only Aston Villa has faced more members of the league's leading quintet), and Moyes has been keen to point out the difficulties in such a competitive early season calendar.

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