Bayer Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia said David Moyes simply needs more time to improve on his underwhelming start as Manchester United manager.
Speaking ahead of his side's Champions League tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening, the former Liverpool captain praised his opposite number.
In charge at Leverkusen since April 2012 he has guided his side to four wins from five games so far this season in the Bundesliga.
And he is hoping to pile more pressure onto the Premier League champions who have endured a mixed start to the season in the league.
"David Moyes is an experienced manager," Hyypia told reporters. "Everyone should give him more time to get things running.
"Hopefully it doesn't happen against us. We have to stop them getting their rhythm and make sure they don't score in open play.
"Then we need to be very aware at set pieces."
Remarkably, Manchester United have currently lost four of their last six home European games, a statistic which may give Hyypia some confidence.
However, the 39-year-old is aware of the potential for both highs and lows at Old Trafford after his ten years at Liverpool.
“The 4-1 win [in 2009] is the first thought that comes to my mind when I think of Old Trafford," he added. "I only knew I was playing two minutes before kick-off and it was my last 90 minutes for Liverpool.
"That day was special and I managed to play well too, so I am happy for that.
"But I also remember when I got sent off and watched the rest of the game from the dressing room.
"We lost 4-0 [in 2003] and that was my only red card, so those things you always remember.”
The other match in Group A on Tuesday sees Real Sociedad - back in the competition for the first time in nine years - host Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.
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