Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes that the club made the right choice in appointing David Moyes during the summer and also thinks that the Red Devils will be one of the main title challengers this season.
Former Everton boss Moyes, who was officially appointed to the job at Old Trafford in May following the retirement of managerial icon Sir Alex Ferguson, has endured a hugely difficult first few months in charge of the Premier League champions.
As well as being widely lambasted for failing to secure a number of the club's preferred transfer targets during the hectic summer window, the 50-year-old Scot has also come under pressure following an unimpressive sequence of results that include a 4-1 demolition at the hands of fierce rivals Manchester City and a particularly lacklustre 2-1 defeat at home to Steve Clarke's struggling West Brom outfit on Saturday.
Despite the negativity surrounding the club at present, however, Owen, who had a three-year stint with United between 2009-12, has re-affirmed his belief that Moyes is the right man for what is an undeniably difficult role.
"It was always going to change quite dramatically," the 33-year-old said in an interview with Fifa.com that was quoted by the Daily Star.
"When someone has been there for over 25 years, whoever was going to take the job was going to have big question marks put against them. It was going to be a change for everybody within the club.
"Manchester United have appointed the right man in David Moyes, he has had a good career so far and has done fantastically well at Everton. In time he will prove to be a very good choice.
"They've had a bit of a slow start to the season, but they've had a difficult start to the season. I'm sure they'll get it right though and will still be one of the main challengers at the end of the season," he added.
United's beleaguered boss will be looking for an instant reaction from his side as they travel to Ukraine for a potentially difficult Champions League group A fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena on Wednesday evening.