USA national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes Manchester United made the "wrong decision" to sack manager David Moyes.
Moyes was dismissed after 10 months in charge at Old Trafford but Klinsmann thinks the former-Everton boss deserved more time to turn it around.
United have failed to qualify for the Champions League in the first season following Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, and the Glazers moved quickly to oust Moyes earlier this week.
But Klinsmann believes United should have afforded Moyes the same kind of time given to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
"Brendan Rodgers had a year of rebuilding, the way he wanted to build it," Klinsmann told ESPN. "It was not going well, I think they finished seventh or eighth last year in the Premier League. Now look where they are. They are at the top of the league.
"Change demands time and time was not given to David. They questioned everything he did from the first moment on. From the outside, again, in my opinion it's wrong and I feel sorry because he's an absolutely outstanding coach."
Klinsmann has gone through something similar to Moyes during his managerial career to date. The former German international was let go by Bayern Munich after just a single season in charge, following a second placed finish behind Wolfsburg in the 2008-09 Bundesliga season.
Klinsmann is now set to lead the United States into their World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer. The US find themselves in a tough group, as they must get past Germany, Portugal and Ghana to secure a place in the Second Round.