Former England International Ray Wilkins suggests that Manchester United manager David Moyes needs to overhaul his squad with six top players if he has to repair this season's debacle.
The 57-year-old television pundit believes that United will need six high quality players for Moyes to right the wrongs for the reigning Premier League champions. Wilkins urges the Red Devils' supporters to keep faith in their manager while stating that it might take up to three transfer windows to do so.
Moyes' reign as United manager has been woeful, suffering back to back league defeats at Old Trafford for the first time since 2002. The 20-time league winners languish ninth in the league table with only 22 points in 15 matches this season and are trailing leaders Arsenal by 13 points.
"This is a massive transitional period for Manchester United," Wilkins explained on talkSPORT.
"Unfortunately, David needs five or six players. It's going to take two or three windows to put right what has gone slightly wrong at Manchester United. It is a great club, it always will be a great club, but David needs time and assistance. Disgruntled fans aren't really going to help," he added.
It may be called as a transitional period for the Red Devils and Moyes, but the former Everton manager has few excuses to save his back. After all, he was handpicked by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Adding to the Scotsman's woes were the unsuccessful pursuit of Kevin Strootman, Ander Herrera and Thiago Alcantara during the summer transfer window. But Wilkins hopes that the Glazers will persevere in their 50-year-old manager with the financial backing and time.
"It might be the little kick up the backside they need to say, 'here you are David, there is the finance, now go and get some younger players in," he concluded
Approaching the New Year, Moyes will be expected to win United's forthcoming fixtures against West Ham United at home, sandwiched between visits to Aston Villa and Hull City.
Even though Villa have been inconsistent this season, Moyes will be wary of Paul Lambert's side who managed to beat Manchester City at Villa Park. The Hammers are fighting to avoid relegation as they sit in the 17th spot. The Tigers stunned Liverpool, beating them 3-1 at the KC Stadium and manager Steve Bruce will be hoping for much of the same against United.