David Moyes had the support of every single Manchester United fan when he walked into his first press conference at Carrington, shoulders board, beaming smile, twinkle in his eye.
Why wouldn’t he have been happy? He had just landed the single most prestigious job available in world football, a job that had not been available for the best part of three decades.
When Moyes arrived as manager, there were clear problems with the team – we all knew that two central midfielders were needed to compete with City and strengthening at full-back was another prerogative.
Now, less than nine months later, the club is in disarray, only De Gea looks fit to wear the shirt and we have become a shadow of the side that won the league at a canter – it’s all part of the journey according to Moyes.
“It’s a long journey here and this is only the start of it,” he said.
“You work hard to get here in the first place but I have to say I’m more driven than ever to succeed. I feel we can turn this around. It’ll just take time.”
Moyes has dug his own grave and has shaken his own sand timer dry by getting United to play with almost zero desire to fight for the badge on their shirt.
It’s impossible to stand in support of him now but he still remains confident that the players can turn it all around and that the majority of fans are still in his corner, encouraging him like a trainer in a boxing ring.
He added: “The players know what it is to play for United and the standards they have to set.
“We didn’t play well in midweek and it was disappointing, but we played well against Olympiacos and West Ham and we want more of that against Villa.”
Yes we played well against teams who United should comfortably beat but against our competitors, to call our performances whimsical would be a compliment.
Bayern Munich is Moyes’ last pedestal. He is standing atop it looking down at an ever increasing in size crowd of baying United fans.
When Pep Guardiola sweeps that away from him, he will have no armour left. He’ll be defenceless. His departure almost looks like an inevitability at this stage.