Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton says David Moye’ choice as manager was never an error, though concedes the club has played “really, really badly” this season.
United are seventh on the league log with only eight games remaining and they are 11 points adrift of fourth place, the minimum requirement for a Champions League berth.
They are nonetheless in the quarter-finals of the European League and face a herculean task in beating holders Bayern Munich in a two-legged tie scheduled for April.
Suffix to say the Old Trafford outfit have blown hot and cold in the ongoing campaign and the club legend says: “It doesn’t mean we are going to change everything. I’m absolutely certain that we picked the right man.”
They could earn some bragging right after all, should they beat city rivals Manchester City in tonight’s derby match.
“We are trying our best to make sure that we can beat them,” said Charlton ahead of the derby.
“If we can, it will be a tremendous stride because we’ve had a bit of criticism leading up to this, but I never doubt Manchester United.”
Charlton left the club in May 1973 having made 758 appearances, winning three First Division titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup, scoring one of the goals in a 4-2 win after extra time against Benfica at Wembley in 1968.
He also played 106 times for England and appeared in four World Cups, having a key role when England won the tournament in 1966, beating West Germany 4-2 after extra time in the final.
Charlton, who is in Malaysia for the Laureus World Sports Awards, said part of him was “glad” he would not be at the game because he gets “too excited” at derby matches.
“I always try to keep myself together when I’m in the directors’ box, but sometimes I have to get on my feet,” he said. “That is one of these occasions.”