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Sunday 28 December 2014

Sir Alex Ferguson backs Manchester United manager David Moyes to turn things around

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Philomena Lee (L) and Sir Alex Ferguson attend the 2014 GREAT British Oscar Reception at British Consul Generals Residence on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for British Consulate General Los Angeles)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Philomena Lee (L) and Sir Alex Ferguson attend the 2014 GREAT British Oscar Reception at British Consul Generals Residence on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for British Consulate General Los Angeles)
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United will improve in the latter stages of the season

Sir Alex Ferguson has given his public backing to David Moyes, his struggling successor at Manchester United, claiming he will turn things around at the club.

Moyes has endured a painful start to his first season at Old Trafford, with the Premier League champions in seventh place, currently 18 points behind leaders Chelsea. Moyes has also seen his side knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round and on the brink of a Champions League exit, having lost 2-0 to Greek side Olympiakos in the last-16 first leg last Tuesday.

"They [United] will be all right," said Ferguson, speaking in Los Angeles at a party thrown by British Consul-General Chris O'Connor ahead of the Oscars. "It's early days and there have been a lot of changes.

"He [Moyes] needs time. I was there for 27 years, so with a new manager, it takes time. But they'll be OK."

Ferguson, who has been constantly been spotted in the stands at United matches this season, hand-picked Moyes to replace him after he stepped down at the end of last season, but the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years remains a very real possibility now.

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