Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that David Moyes needs more time and has backed him to succeed at Old Trafford, according the The Guardian.

The Red Devils this season, under Moyes, are seventh in the league – 18 points off first place Chelsea, 12 away from fourth, and are also 2-0 down against Olympiakos in the first leg of the Champions League last-16.

This is a huge contrast to last year, in which Ferguson guided United to the Premier League title.

It has been undoubtedly a difficult start to life in Manchester for Moyes, but Ferguson has faith that the former Everton boss will be successful.

“They [Manchester United] will be all right,” Ferguson said, speaking at a gathering thrown by the British Consul-General Chris O’Connor in Los Angeles before Sunday night’s Oscars.

“It’s early days and there have been a lot of changes.

“He needs time. I was there for 27 years, so with a new manager it takes time. But they’ll be OK.”

Manchester United will face West Brom at the Hawthorns next weekend as they prepare for one final push to finish in the top four.