Paul Scholes is a firm believer that Manchester United and the fans have to stand by David Moyes and give him more time to prove himself as manager.
For the first time, some Manchester United fans were visibly frustrated in the immediate aftermath to the 3-0 loss against Manchester City and there is an ever growing amount of pressure on Moyes’ position as manager.
Despite United’s abysmal season, Scholes is standing in his corner.
“You have to,” Scholes said on Sky Sports 1. “He’s only nine months into the job. You have to stand by him.
“He’s only nine months into the job. You have to stand by him.
“OK, he’s made a couple of signings that haven’t quite worked out yet, as he would have liked.
“In the summer, he’s going to need backing – there’s no doubt about that. Was he backed as well as he could have been last summer? I’m not too sure. But this summer, he has to be backed – and I think he knows he needs players.”
Scholes also had his say on where he feels that Manchester United need to strengthen in the summer and although he agreed that United’s need for a central midfielder was unquestionable, he pointed towards the need to overhaul the defence.
“It looks to me like there’s a few areas that need addressing,” he added.
“You could say that they’ve been looking for a central midfielder for quite a few years now, and maybe haven’t quite come up with the answer.
“But it’s defensively as well. (Nemanja) Vidic is going, it looks like Rio (Ferdinand) and maybe (Patrice) Evra are going as well so that’s three of your back four. That’s another area he’s got to look after.
“I think going forward we’re alright, with the quality of (Robin) van Persie, and Wayne Rooney, and (Juan) Mata in his right position. I think we’re alright up there, so it’s probably midfield and defence where we need to look.”
The loss against Manchester City was damaging, not least because we had been humiliated once again by a local rival but because it showed how big the gulf between the two clubs had become.
United have so many obvious weaknesses in the squad that it is unlikely we will be able to fix them all in the summer so the solution to our current troubles, Moyes involved or not, is unlikely to be quick.
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