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Bruce: Moyes must get time

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is convinced Manchester United will put their miserable season behind them if they stick with under-fire boss David Moyes.

Sunday's 2-2 home draw against Fulham saw the champions drop 15 points behind leaders Chelsea and nine off Liverpool, who currently occupy the final UEFA Champions League spot in fourth.

Fans at Old Trafford showed their displeasure after the final whistle as United failed to win for the 13th time in 25 league matches this season.

But Bruce, a former favourite with the Red Devils' supporters, has called on them to show patience with the manager until he had put his mark on the team.

"Make no mistake, Manchester United will turn it around," he told the assembled media ahead of Tuesday's home game against Southampton.

"Even really top class managers like Dave need time to stamp their authority on a team. Everyone in the game knew whoever followed Sir Alex was going to be in for a difficult period at Old Trafford.

"To be fair to Dave he has found it difficult but given time, and with the experience he has, he will turn it around. I am convinced of that. That said it's very difficult now to turn things around in weeks as you need to get your own team together.

"In the past Manchester United have always given their managers time and I'm sure they'll do that with Dave. But these days you have to deal with transfer windows, you have to bring players in, let players go, and any club in transition will always find that difficult."

Meanwhile, Bruce is adamant three of his squad - Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Curtis Davies - should be considered for England's World Cup squad this summer.

"Who am I to do Roy Hodgson's job, but there's always a shock and I wouldn't

be surprised if one of these three sneaked in," he said.

"Huddlestone and Livermore have had a sniff of the England set-up before and

since Curtis Davies walked through the door he's had a wonderful first season

with us.

"All they can do is keep playing well and keep knocking on the door. There's

always one or two shocks, there's a long way to go before the World Cup and

injuries can set in.

"They'd never let you down. They've got a great attitude and a good work ethic

- those three, in particular, ooze it."