Former Chelsea striker Gianluca Vialli has heaped the more pressure on Manchester United manager David Moyes by suggesting that the Scot would have been sacked at least three times by now if he had been managing a top club in Italy. After being appointed as of Alex Ferguson’s successor in the summer, Moyes was expected to lead United to more titles this campaign. Some of the pundits and critics expected United to struggle since it was a period of transition for the club, but none would have expected the monumental problems at United this campaign.

United are in danger of missing out on Champions League football after a long time, which would affect the finances of the club. Already the ownership has cost the club huge amount of money in interest payments alone, and the prospect of a season without Champions League football could cost them in excess of £ 35 million when the gate receipts are factored in. Vialli has experienced management in England, but he says that Moyes would have not had this much time in Italy. Most continental clubs do not give their manager a long time to implement his ideas in the team.

United, though, have not had this tradition and usually offer much more time than their continental counterparts.

“In Italy, managers are judged simply by results. Italian managers don’t enjoy themselves at all. David Moyes, in Italy, would have been sacked three times now. In the Premier League you get the feeling they give you a bit longer to sort out problems. They are more understanding and, most importantly, owners of football clubs don’t think they know more than managers. They let managers run it for a while and don’t just sack you after the first two or three defeats,” said Vialli.

United are seventh in the table after 27 matches.

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