Manchester United manager David Moyes has been shown a degree of support from former Red Devils midfielder Ray Wilkins after another painful defeat.
Fans at Old Trafford clearly began to turn on Moyes following their embarrassing 3-0 loss at the hands of local rivals Manchester City on Tuesday night but Wilkins - in an interview with talkSPORT - appeared to come to the defence of Moyes and even went as far as to insist that the Scot remains the right man for the job.
"David Moyes had done a magnificent job at Everton, and he was the perfect choice to go in at Old Trafford,“ he said.
"It is just very unfortunate that they weren’t active enough in the first transfer window they had. Had they been, we wouldn’t be seeing them in the same sort of problems now.
“David Moyes is still the right man for the job though. They just didn’t bring in enough players of the quality that Manchester United need."
While the bulk - but not all - of Manchester United's match-going fans have shown commendable patience with Moyes during what has been an undeniably poor season by the club's usual lofty standards, the manner of the defeat against a rampant Manchester City side gunning to take their title once again evidently proved too much for many.
After going behind inside a minute to a goal from Edin Dzeko, Manchester United never looked truly capable of challenging Manuel Pellegrini's powerful outfit and later succumbed to another strike from the Bosnian forward and a further effort from Yaya Toure.
Such a loss was particularly demoralising for the defending Premier League champions, particularly considering how well they had performed in two encouraging performances against Olympiacos - in which they scored three goals and managed to successfully overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions league - and West Ham.
However, Tuesday night's shambles brought the negative feelings streaming back and former England international Wilkins - who made over 150 appearances for Manchester United between 1979-84 - clearly believes that the only way to solve the issue will be to ensure that the club spend sufficiently during the next few transfer windows.
"They will have to spend a lot of money over two or three windows. I don’t think there is a quick fix. This is not going to be solved over one window, it’s going to be two or three.The United squad has to be revamped," he added.
The question that most Manchester United fans will surely be asking now is, is Moyes the right man to spend such huge sums of money on new players?
Or would it be better for the club to cut their losses now and ensure someone with a touch more experience of managing at the elite level is able to oversee such a policy that is likely to determine the club's long-term future?
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