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Cantona: Moyes Can Handle The Pressure

Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona, has backed the Red Devils to be challenging for all major trophies ‘very, very soon’.

United have crashed out of both domestic cups and are nowhere in the Premier League. They do still stand a chance to silverware in the Champions League, but would need to upset all odds against Bayern Munich to progress to the semi-finals.

Despite United’s shocking campaign, highlighted by their last two 3-0 league home defeats to Liverpool and Man City, Cantona believes the Red Devils will come back soon.

"Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” the Frenchman said.

“They have been at the highest level for 20 years, and I think they will come back very, very soon.

"At every big club it is sometimes like this, but they have proved in the past they have the level to come back and I'm sure Manchester United will come back very soon."

Cantona also believes David Moyes is strong enough to handle the pressure at Old Trafford after a difficult first season in the job, having replaced Sir Alex Ferguson last summer.

"I think he has a long-term project,” he added.

“At the moment it is not very good, but maybe next year it will be great and everybody will see.

“But I think he is strong enough to handle the pressure," Cantona added.

Paul Scholes has also backed the under-fire manager and feels United should stand by Moyes. Scholes insists the United boss needs more time and to be backed in the transfer market in order to rebuild the squad.

"You have to," said Scholes.

"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."

Meanwhile, news from Old Trafford emerge that Moyes is facing mutiny among his squad with his players increasingly annoyed with their manager over his tactics and training methods.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Moyes’ players are alarmed at the inability of their manager to hault United’s downturn, which has seen them lose eight of their 17 games in 2014.

Despite the official backing by the Glazer’s, it also rumoured that key boardroom figures have turned against the ‘Chosen One’, but will only judge him at the end of the season.

Will United’s performance against Bayern Munich determine his future at Old Trafford or is he destined to stay long-term? Have your say in the comment section below.

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