Manchester United manager David Moyes has been left with a squad that is "past its sell by date" thanks to the actions of his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, according to former Old Trafford tactician Tommy Docherty.
Moyes has endured a difficult start to life in the Red Devils hot seat, losing six Premier League games to sit 11 points behind table toppers Arsenal beyond the halfway stage of the campaign.
The ex-Everton chief is largely working with the same group of players which won the title in some style last season, but Docherty thinks that Ferguson's decision to not add further quality before Moyes arrived has placed his successor in very difficult situation.
When asked if Fergie has left Moyes high and dry Docherty told talkSPORT: “He has. A lot of the players Sir Alex Ferguson left, unfortunately, are getting past their sell by date.
“It’s not a popular thing when you start to replace them [the players]. The supporters idolise them and when they see them given a free transfer or sold on they don’t like it. Moyes has to move them on. If they’re not good enough he has to move them.”
Docherty, who won the FA Cup during a five-year spell in charge of United from 1972-77, still believes that Moyes can turn things round and has offered the Scot his public backing.
He stated: "I’m sure David Moyes is the right man for the job. He’s a terrific manager but he’s going through a difficult time and it does happen when you go to a new club."
Ferguson retired after 26 years as United boss last summer following a successful charge for a 13th Premier League title, but is still a constant presence at Old Trafford and has attended close to every match so far this term home and away.
The United legend is expected to be back at Old Trafford this evening when Moyes leads the Red Devils into a Premier League clash against Swansea City, looking to avenge last weekend's 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup.