Cantona has faith in United

Former Manchester United favourite Eric Cantona is confident the team will be back challenging for all the major honours very soon.

United are 12 points off the top four after their 3-0 reverse to Manchester City on Tuesday, and the team's only chance of silverware this season is the Champions League.

Current holders Bayern Munich stand between the Old Trafford club and progress to the semi-finals, but United fans are fretting over the prospect of missing out on next season's Champions League.

Cantona said: "Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. 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."

And Cantona believes David Moyes will be given time to rebuild the United squad after a difficult first season in the job, having replaced Sir Alex Ferguson last summer.

"I think he has a long-term project. 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.