Former Manchester United coach Eric Steele has given his backing to beleaguered boss David Moyes as the pressure mounts on the Scot following Saturday's shocking 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
50-year-old Moyes, who took charge of the Premier League champions after the departure of managerial icon Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season, is facing intense criticism after a hugely difficult start to life in the Old Trafford dugout.
As well as being widely lambasted for missing out on a number of high-profile transfer targets during a particularly hectic summer transfer window, Moyes has also overseen a dreadful start to the new domestic campaign.
United's woeful defeat to Steve Clarke's struggling charges was preceded by a humiliating 4-1 demolition at the hands of local rivals Manchester City and the Red Devils also suffered a disappointing and morale-sapping loss to traditional foes Liverpool at Anfield last month.
That aforementioned disappointing start has led many to question Moyes abilities to follow in such illustrious footsteps. Steele, however, who left United following the Scot's arrival from Everton, clearly believes the club should be patient with Moyes.
"There's a transition period," he told Sky Sports News. "You'll remember when Sir Alex Ferguson went in and it was never easy for him. David Moyes has gone in and had to take over a huge machine.
"If you look at the experience he has, he knows the Premier League. People forget that. He's got people around him who can support him. He's also got people up top in Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex and David Gill.
"He's got people who he can turn to and say: 'Right. What do you think I should do?' He's got enough support there. I think there will be patience shown with David," he added.
United, who currently sit 12th in the Premier League after amassing just seven points from their opening six fixtures, are in European action on Wednesday evening as they travel to face Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena.