Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has offered words of support for beleagured Manchester United manager David Moyes, after Stoke inflicted an eighth Premier League defeat of the season on the Champions on Saturday, reports the Telegraph.
A double from Charlie Adam ensured a crucial three points for Stoke, and left United in seventh place in the table seven points behind fourth placed Liverpool.
With just 14 games remaining, United find themselves under real pressure to secure Champions League qualification, but it is pressure that Hughes believes will bring the best out of his former club.
“Obviously, there is huge focus on them,” Hughes said.
“But you have to deal with that attention. I used to use that as a motivation.
“From my point of view it was fear of failure. It was like, don’t let anyone have the opportunity to criticise. That was what drove me on and I would suggest it’s what drove a lot of United players on. United have always had that and they have players in their group now who have it.
“There will be pressure, that’s obvious, but it goes with the territory. Don’t forget, this team were champions last year and there hasn’t been too many changes in personnel, only the guy at the top.
“At some point, Sir Alex was going to leave, we all knew that, but when the appointment [Moyes] was made, everyone thought it was absolutely the right one and I’ve not seen anything that changes my mind on that. David is not green behind the gills. He will get it right, I am sure.”