And now comes the acid test.

What next for the beleaguered Daid Moyes aa he surveys the crumbling empire he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson last July.

Make no mistake about it,his legendary predecessor left him with and ageing and ailing squad,with players over the hill and others who will never attain the heights expected from them .

Whether you think his appointment was the right one -Mourinho was almost on his knees begging for the offer - he and his much-maligned CEO Woodward blundered disastrously in the summer transfer market with a single addition that still looks one of the worst acquisitions ever.

The season started off brilliantly with a classic United 4-1 success at Swansea and we thought the new management team would be up to the job.

Not a bit of it.Six months later and just look what has unfolded before us.Total capitulation in any attempt to defend our proud 20th title ,a minuscule chance of fourth place,home exits in both cups,one with Wembley beckoning with seconds to go.

No question Lady Luck has and continues to desert us .The debacle against Fulham yesterday means that about 10 points have been conceded in the last five minutes of games,and most literally with almost the last kick of the game.

Lengthy absences allied to a dip in form from Robin van Persie haven't helped and the announcement of Vidic's department so early is hardly going to help morale.

The rumblings about the style of football Moyes is employing reached fever pitch last night as it emerged a record 81 crosses were fired into the Fulham box and virtually all were repulsed with ease.

There seems to be no variation in tactics,so predictable are we that the league's worst team can still steal a point in the 94 th minute where we again failed lamentably to shut up shop.

So desperate was the manager for a victory ,he exploded on the touchline after Carrick's deflected shot gave him false hope.His heart must have sunk like a stone when he glared in disbelief at the ultimate outcome.

And so we move on to Arsenal and the acid test awaiting us at the Emirates.This could be the defining moment in Moyes tenure at Old Trafford .

The football world will be focused on this game to see if there can be any reaction after this latest setback.Can Moyes rise like a Phoenix from the ashes to show some real backbone or will they continue their woeful form against teams well above them in the table.

With three and half months of the season to go ,the only thing to sustain us now is the Champions League and if we can get past Olympiakos and at least reach the quarter finals ,then maybe our luck will change and we can progress even further in the tournament.

IIf not and we blow it against the Greeks,then surely Moyes and his Goodison mafia will have nowhere to hide.


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