Former Manchester United midfielder Lou Macari has claimed that the club's impressive 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League last night should end recent criticism of the club.
Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia all found the net for the Red Devils against the Bundesliga outfit managed by former Liverpool stalwart Sami Hyypia in what was David Moyes' first European fixture in charge of the club.
Although the Scot will be a trifle concerned by the ease with which the Germans managed to find the net, Moyes will nevertheless surely be delighted with such an impressive performance after enduring a somewhat difficult first few months in charge.
The criticism aimed at the former Everton boss of late has largely centred on the rather mediocre performances United produced in consecutive encounters against rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as the 50-year-old's seeming inability to secure a number of the club's desired transfer targets during the summer transfer window.
However, Macari, who made over 300 appearances for United in an 11-year spell between 1973-84, believes that such an encouraging performance should help to ease the recent pressure.
“It was a good performance and Man United needed it,” he told talkSPORT. “They’ve had a sticky start to the season. All the criticism should get put to bed if you get a good victory and you do it with a bit of style.
“I was pleased for David Moyes. I know he, and his staff, have worked hard to get things up and running and the results just haven’t been coming the way he would have liked.
“The season has only just started though,” he added. “I’ve already seen how he wants to operate, I’ve seen how dedicated he, and his staff, are. I really hope they succeed and I’m sure they will," he added.
United, who started the season with a blistering 4-1 triumph at the Liberty Stadium against Michael Laudrup's Swansea City side, currently sit fifth in the Premier League table with seven points from their first four matches and return to domestic action on Sunday with a keenly-anticipated clash against local rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Their next foray into European action comes on October 2 with a potentially daunting trip to face Shakhtar Donetsk.