Everton captain Phil Jagielka has claimed that Manchester United manager David Moyes should not be judged until he has the players he wants at Old Trafford, placing partial blame for their sloppy start to the campaign on failings in the transfer market.
Moyes slipped to his fourth defeat in 14 Premier Leagues games since taking charge of the Red Devils on Wednesday, at the hands of former club Everton.
Jagielka helped keep United at bay as the Toffees claimed a famous 1-0 win at Old Trafford, but admitted after the match that he felt strange going up against Moyes after spending more than six seasons together on Merseyside.
The England international thinks that United should have worked harder to secure additions to their squad in the close season, after foiled attempts to sign a string of midfielders including Ander Herrera, Daniele De Rossi, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara.
He told The Sun: "I have a lot of time and respect for David Moyes. I do feel sorry for him.
"The fixture list wasn’t that kind initially. With transfers in the summer, the people making those decisions didn’t help him.
"He just needs that little bit more time. But time seems a hard thing to get at top level. David is a football man. He has some good people around him. He has some great players. He just needs to add a few more players to perform week-in, week-out.
"Once he gets more of his team rather than a team he has been given, that is the acid test for him, once he gets the players he wants."
United have slipped to ninth in the Premier League following that loss to the Toffees, 12 points behind table toppers Arsenal.