Former Manchester United star Louis Saha has given his backing to under fire manager David Moyes, insisting that the Scot "will be OK" at Old Trafford.

50-year-old Moyes, who took charge of the Premier League champions following the retirement of managerial icon Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, has endured a massively difficult opening to life in the job.

As well as presiding over a notably poor start to the new domestic season - including a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield and a 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City - the former Everton boss was widely criticised for failing to sufficiently bolster his squad during the summer transfer window.

Although Moyes had clearly identified a number of high-profile targets, the Red Devils only eventually managed to make one significant addition in the form of combative Belgian international Marouane Fellaini.

Despite his initial difficulties after succeeding Ferguson, however, Saha, who represented the club during a four-year stint between 2004-08, believes Moyes can succeed.

"David Moyes will be OK as Manchester United manager,“ the 35-year-old told talkSPORT.

“Transitions are always difficult, you have to adapt and you have to make sure the team are taking on your ideas.

“He’s got a great bunch of lads there, though. They are quality players so it’s only a matter of time before everything comes good. I’m pretty sure if he can give the players confidence they will go out and succeed," he added.

Following their hard-fought 1-1 Champions League draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday evening, United return to domestic action on Saturday with a trip to the Stadium of Light to face struggling Sunderland.

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