David Moyes Has Bought Himself More Time as Manchester United Manager

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentApril 5, 2014

Manchester United's David Moyes celebrates his victory over Newcastle United at the end of their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Scott Heppell

It may have come a little later than expected, but David Moyes is finally starting to look like he's enjoying being manager of Manchester United.

And, even if nothing else comes from the mini-revival his team are experiencing, he has at least bought himself some more time to prove he's the right man for this job.

Time was something he looked short of after humiliating 3-0 defeats to Liverpool and then Manchester City at Old Trafford. 

It prompted one fan to hire a plane to fly over the stadium demanding his dismissal before the game with Aston Villa last weekend.

But instead of increasing the pressure on the United manager, the stunt has seemed to have had the opposite effect.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 05:  Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United and Vurnon Anita of Newcastle United compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United  at St James' Park on April 5, 2
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Since the protest plane disappeared into the distance last Saturday, everything has come up roses for Moyes. The fans booed the banner then clapped their manager off the field after a 4-1 win over Villa.

Then came the stubborn, determined 1-1 draw with European champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. United followed that with a resounding 4-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday.

And with those three results, any doubts Moyes might have had about his immediate future have disappeared. 

Scott Heppell

This season will almost certainly still end in disappointment. 

United are likely to miss out on a place in next season's Champions League unless they defy the odds and win the competition this season. Sixth in the table, they might yet miss out on a place in Europe altogether.

But the 4-0 win at St James' Park on Saturday at least showed that, finally, they might be going in the right direction. 

It was done without the injured Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. But with Juan Mata twisting and jinking through statues in black and white, it never looked in doubt. 

Scott Heppell

The Spaniard, who has now scored three in his last two games, is starting to look like the type of player who can spearhead this new era.

He will miss the return leg against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday because he's cup-tied.

But even without their best player against Newcastle, United and Moyes can still head to Bavaria with confidence. That seemed a long way off when the draw was made.

Scott Heppell

As United were winning comfortably in the North East, Bayern's 53-game unbeaten run was coming to an end at Augsburg. Pep Guardiola's side haven't won for three games, the first time that's happened for three years.

It is still a tough task to win in Munich. But no one expected United to go there with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. But that's exactly what they've got.

Two weeks ago there were few who expected Moyes to survive much longer as United's manager. 

But here he is, with an opportunity next week to record the most significant result of his career.