Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has backed Manchester United boss David Moyes after a tricky start to the season for the Red Devils.
United have already been beaten twice this season and have just seven points from their opening five Premier League games.
But, after a difficult start to the season for the Old Trafford outfit - where they have played Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City already - Dalglish has defended Moyes' start to his managerial career with United.
Dalglish also believes the departure of United's former chief executive David Gill has also disrupted Moyes' early reign.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Dalglish said: “David Moyes has had a bad start there in terms of fixtures.
“To get Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in their first five Premier League games was a big ask.
“The results are always going to be scrutinised if you’re a Manchester United manager, whether you’ve been in the job for ten minutes or ten years. If you’re losing games the press are going to be critical of you.
“They’re being critical of Moyes at the moment because they’ve not had the greatest of starts in the Premier League but then their performance against Bayer Leverkusen has almost been dismissed when they beat them 4-2 in the Champions League. That’s what he’s up against.
“I think you’ll always be criticised as Manchester Untied manager if you’re losing games. Anyone who was following Sir Alex Ferguson was going to have it difficult.
“I think also what was a big thing, which doesn’t get much publicity, was David Gill moving on and Ed Woodward coming in. That has had an impact on Manchester United as well.
“Maybe they should have asked David Gill to stay on during the transfer window to give his advice and his knowledge to both Woodward and Moyes. I think it would have been helpful to both of them."
Dalglish expects the United boss to come through his tricky early start, as he continued by saying: “Moyes will be OK. There is no problem there. It’s not as if he’s being threatened with the sack. There is disappointment about their results but their standards have been set so high anybody would have disappointed.”
Moyes led United to a win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and the Red Devils will now be hoping to get back to winning ways in the league as they play West Brom at Old Trafford this weekend.