De Gea
David De Gea has claimed that Manchester United are already in transition. [Reuters]

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has claimed that the Red Devils are already in transition after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and asked fans to be patient with David Moyes.

United beat Shakhtar on Tuesday's Champions League game, securing qualification for the last 16 on the top of the group. However they have struggled in the Premier League under the new boss and after losing five of their first 15 Premier League games, they are ninth in the table.

De Gea believes the team is already improving but claims Moyes needs more time to turn around the difficult start in the domestic league.

"The team have experienced a very big change. We have to give more time to the boss to adapt.

"I believe that Moyes has the back-up of the club and the players. We are happy and we are going to be better with the time. In the future we are going to reach our peak form," De Gea told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

"After two consecutive defeats, beating Shakhtar and topping the group gave more confidence for the future."

De Gea has no particular preference for the Champions League draw but says he would like to avoid a tie with the big European sides.

"We hope to do not have to face the big clubs but we do not care that much. We will have to play well against whoever we face to go through to the next round."

The Spaniard now wants to forget about the Champions League now and focus on Saturday's Premier League match against Aston Villa.

"In the League the team have not played well, we are having some problems. We have to carry on the Champions League line and do not lose more points in the next games.

"Next Saturday we play against Aston Villa and we have to start to win. Let's see if in four or five game we are top of the table again."