By Jonathan Wilson
December 10, 2013
Manchester United manager David Moyes salutes the fans after Tuesday's 1-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.
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But that United is reliant on such margins is itself indicative of a fall: in Ferguson's time it could usually survive a little ill-fortune. Some good luck might restore confidence and give United the sharpness it's lacking, might even make Moyes more decisive, but at the moment the problems run deeper than that. The force of Ferguson's personality helped paper over the cracks; Moyes simply doesn't yet have the aura.

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