Former Moyes favourite: "He's a top, world class manager..."

Tim Cahill

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has voiced his support for under-pressure Manchester United boss David Moyes.

Cahill, who now plays for the New York Red Bulls in America, enjoyed a prolific eight-year spell under Moyes at Goodison Park, scoring 68 goals and contributing 38 assists in 278 games following bargain £1.5m move from Millwall in 2004.

And having featured so prominently under Moyes for the Toffees, Cahill moved to defend the under-fire boss, who has had a tough first season in charge at Old Trafford having replaced the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season. Last Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos could see the Red Devils crash out of Europe, and with a top four finish all but impossible, many United fans been calling for Moyes' head, but Australian international Cahill believes the former Preston boss will turn things around.

I think he will come through it, most definitely,” said Cahill. “Your first season at a new club is always hard but he’s a great manager. There are a lot of teething problems with him at United but hopefully he can come out the other side.”

“He’s a top, world class manager and I think he just needs to be given some time to produce. He needs to make some new signings, bring in some new players and he just has to get used to it there. It’s not for me to say [where United will finish in the league], but I’m strong backer of him and he’s someone I’m a massive fan of.”

Cahill's words are unlikely to relieve some of the pressure piling on top of Moyes, but it's encouraging to see that some of his former players have nothing but positive views on the beleaguered United boss. The views from fellow players could help United attract top players in the transfer market, which will be key without European football.

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