Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has stated that his old club were always likely to face criticism, even if they had enjoyed a blistering start to the season.
New Red Devils boss David Moyes, who took the job following the retirement of iconic Scot Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season, has been subject to ridicule from some corners following a difficult start to his Old Trafford tenure.
As well as presiding over a somewhat insipid start to the 2013/14 Premier League season - during which time United were beaten by fierce rivals Manchester City and Liverpool as well as being held to a goalless draw at home to Chelsea - the 50-year-old has been lambasted for failing to secure a number of high-profile transfer targets during the summer window.
On such criticism - which will presumably ease in the coming days following last night's 1-0 win in the Capital One Cup against Liverpool - Bosnich, who represented United between 1989-91 and 1999-2001, believes it would have occurred regardless of the club's start to the season.
“If Manchester United had made the best ever start in their history there would have been people complaining,” he told talkSPORT.
“Manchester United fans are very loyal and it takes a long time for them to forget certain things. Sir Alex Ferguson has been a massive part of that club for a long time, but he had his bad times, too. This will take a little bit of time."
Bosnich, a former Australia international who won 17 caps for his country, believes the club will undoubtedly need to bolster their squad during the January transfer window in order to ensure they are resilient in the biggest fixtures.
"They missed out in the transfer market and, if you look at teams like Arsenal, who signed Mesut Ozil, they looked a completely different team. The January transfer window will be a very interesting time.
“They have known for some time that, in the big games, they need a few more players. They need to make themselves difficult to beat," he added.
United, whose win last night was thanks to a second-half strike from Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, are back in action on Saturday with a home clash against Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion.