Manchester United manager David Moyes is under pressure and he knows that. He also knows that many of the club’s supporters are in favour of him getting the sack.
Which is why it will come as a relief to him that one of the club’s all-time greats, Roy Keane, has urged the board to maintain their faith in him.
Moyes’s appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor last summer was divisive among the fans, and the team’s performances this season have only strengthened the school of thought that he is not ‘Manchester United material’.
With a Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich to come, it looks likely that United will miss out on Europe’s premier club competition in 2014-15.
However, Keane, who played for United from 1993 until 2005, believes that Moyes should not be sacked at the end of the season.
The 42-year-old Irishman claims that the people in the boardroom should be patient with Moyes and allow him to build a competent team in the summer.
Moyes inherited an ageing squad that still quite prominently features the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, something that Keane claims needs to be addressed during the transfer window.
"I think the game is changing,” The Mirror quotes him as saying. "We see it at all levels. People don't have patience. They get bogged down by a lot of the supporters sometimes.
"I think United will be all right and David Moyes will get plenty of time. The man deserves it. Sometimes a manager has to go, but with David Moyes, get him to the summer to get some players in and give a chance.
"Hopefully he'll get a bit of time because anyone who has got any idea about football will know this was the biggest job, to follow Alex Ferguson.
"The clever people were saying you want to follow the manager after Alex Ferguson. That's why, David Moyes, you've got to give the man time, give him a chance."
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