In the event, he's not done as well as he would have hoped.
Despite last Saturday's win over Swansea at Old Trafford, a victory which stopped a rot of three successive defeats for the first time since 2001, United currently sit in seventh place, 11 points off league leaders Arsenal.
During what has been a wholly underwhelming season, both the standard of United's play and their results have given the club's fans plenty of causes for dismay, and the manager frequent headaches.
Moyes has become a touchy, divisive figure, questioning anyone who challenges his authority and often looking to shift blame onto others.
But how has he become this way?'
Here are five reasons why the Scot is now out on his own in the Premier League moaning stakes.