Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reds Have Right Man ; Everton Skipper Says Old Trafford Boss Needs to Be Given Time

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reds Have Right Man ; Everton Skipper Says Old Trafford Boss Needs to Be Given Time

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SOMETIMES for an honest assessment you need to look away from home. In the aftermath of United's shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Everton, the smouldering Red cauldron went into meltdown.

Some fans took to social media to voice their discontent, some even going as far as to demand that the delirious travelling supporters gleeful chants that David Moyes was 'getting sacked in the morning' ring true.

There were no boos at the final whistle, but for many the silence said it all.

But Moyes has at least one fan in his former Goodison Park captain Phil Jagielka.

The Sale-born defender, who marshalled Wayne Rooney so effectively that the Reds striker lashed out in frustration and was lucky to stay on the field, gave his backing to his former boss.

And he delivered a frank opinion on why United are where they are.

Jagielka claims Moyes has not been helped by a tough start and appeared to point the finger at those in the boardroom after a difficult summer in the transfer market.

"I feel sorry for him," Jagielka said. "The fixture list wasn't that kind initially. The transfers in the summer, the people who were making those decisions, didn't help him out one bit."

Jagielka is well-placed to offer an opinion. Moyes paid Pounds 4m to acquire his services in 2007 and one of his last moves at Goodison Park was to make him captain.

"You can't grow into the season at Manchester United," he added.

"You need to come out firing on all cylinders when you look at how Arsenal have started.

"I am sure he will roll his sleeves up and get the guys moving in the right direction. He just needs that little bit more time.

"But sometimes, time seems a hard thing to get when you are at that top level."

For Jagielka the opening of the January transfer window is key.

"He just needs to add a few more players that he wants week in, week out," he said.

"Once he gets that sorted and he gets more of his team rather than a team he has been given, that is the acid test for him, once he gets the players in that he wants. …

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