David Moyes backed to turn things around at Manchester United by Craig Brown
United crashed out of the FA Cup at the weekend
Monday 06 January 2014
Manchester United fans must have patience with David Moyes, insists former Scotland boss Craig Brown.
The pressure on Moyes has ratcheted up following the 2-1 FA Cup defeat by Swansea at Old Trafford, the fourth home defeat in a month for United.
Brown, who played a role in Moyes' development as a coach by allowing him to watch Scotland's training sessions at the 1998 World Cup, believes the current United manager will have a change in fortune and points out Arsenal were viewed as being in crisis at the start of the season.
It took almost four years for Sir Alex Ferguson to win a trophy after he took over as United manager in 1986, and Brown said that example should also be borne in mind.
He told Press Association Sport: "I don't think anyone should be ringing the alarm bells.
"The best example is Arsenal at the start of the season, all the talk was about Arsene Wenger and the club being in crisis and look at them now - top of the league.
"All it needs is a couple of months of good results and all this will be forgotten and David Moyes will do that - there is no doubt in my mind.
"Alex [Ferguson] didn't go into Manchester United and wave a magic wand and make it okay and although David is in a slightly different situation it is similar in some ways.
"Replacing the best in the business was always going to be difficult but David Moyes is a strong character and an intelligent guy and I know he is respected by the players.
"People can be disappointed by recent results but they should accept that he is an accomplished manager and be certain the team can recover."
Neil Warnock, however, believes Moyes' job is being made more difficult by Ferguson now sitting in the directors' box watching over him.
The widely-travelled manager, whose former clubs include QPR, Sheffield United and Leeds, told talkSPORT: "You've got Sir Alex Ferguson sitting in the stands and I don't think that helps."
Latest in Sport
Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Midfielder set to force through move to Louis van Gaal's Red Devils - reports
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Thomas Vermaelen on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
Liverpool transfer news: Brendan Rodgers plans more Anfield signings this summer
Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho confirms Fernando Torres is staying at Stamford Bridge
Sami Khedira latest: Real Madrid desperate to sell midfielder to Arsenal rather than lose him for free to Bayern Munich next summer
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us