Tim Howard believes David Moyes has what it takes to be a "huge success" at Manchester United despite Moyes suffering a dreadful debut campaign in charge of the Red Devils.
I think this club will succeed and David Moyes here, given the right time, will be a huge success.
David Moyes never takes a backward step. He always believes that he can do the right things. He believes in his methods, he believes in the players that he brings to a club and that makes for a really good working environment over a long period of time.
Howard, who also spent three seasons under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, suggests United's failings stem from a lack of transfer activity during the summer, saying the club failed to compete with the "five, six, seven players of quality" many of their rivals landed.
Moyes only managed to sign Marouane Fellaini for the extortionate fee of £27 million after missing out on targets such as Cesc Fabregas, Daniele De Rossi and Sami Khedira, reported by Richard Jolly and Ben Gladwell of ESPN FC.
These players will feel they have dodged a bullet now as United remain seventh in the Premier League and are on the brink of exiting the Champions League. Although Moyes added Juan Mata to the squad in January, many believe Moyes will struggle to sign top players during the summer, a claim the boss refutes, per Sky Sports:
"There is no issue about signing big players—not by my trips and the things I am hearing," said Moyes. "The number of big players wanting to join Manchester United is incredible."
Howard believes Wayne Rooney's decision to sign a new contract and Robin van Persie's willingness to follow suit ensure world-class talents will be attracted to Old Trafford, as noted in ESPN's report:
"Any time you are at club you want your biggest players in order to attract other bigger players and they have done that so I am certain they will have a pretty good summer spending money," said Howard.
Moyes faces a defining three-game spell after United suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat against Liverpool. Should the team fail to overturn their 2-0 deficit in the Champions League second-leg tie with Olympiakos, many will expect the manager to quickly be booted toward the door.
If United follow this with a poor performance against West Ham and a loss to Manchester City, a queue of supporters will hold the exit open. This feeling is shared by James Lawton of Ireland's Independent.
"Moyes, many United insiders are beginning to say, has passed the point of resuscitation," writes Lawton. "Nor has there been much talk over the last few critical days of him being handed a massive summer budget."
United have failed to win two consecutive games this year and have won just five of 14 games since the start of 2014. Howard's support is understandable—Moyes played a big part in returning the agile stopper to his previous best—but it's unlikely the Old Trafford board are going to be influenced by any praise if Moyes is being eyed for the sack.
Little can be salvaged from United's campaign, but three positive results in their next trio of matches would certainly give everyone at the club a lift. Should this fail to happen, Moyes' time is likely to be limited, despite Howard's claims.