Shakhtar boss: Give Moyes time
Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu says Manchester United's poor start to the season is down to David Moyes' policy of rotating his team.
But Lucescu says Moyes simply needs time to work out what talent is at his disposal and how best to deploy it.
Lucescu's men take on United in the Champions League on Wednesday night with Moyes under pressure after the club's worst start to a season since 1989 after three defeats in six games.
Lucescu said: "Of course every coach needs some time to look at a new way.
"There can always be some changes of philosophy and maybe that's why Manchester United are facing some difficulties in their championship. We have analysed their games and noted there are always some changes. Because of rotation the links between players are not very good.
"Turnover creates a lot of problems for them. In Ukrainian championship we are not rotating the squad as much. Maybe that is why we have been more secure."
Not that Lucescu believes the current problems are any reflection on Moyes' ability.
"We know of Moyes' work at Everton," he said.
"He needs time to get his ideas across to the players. Carlo Ancelotti is having the same problem at Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City are the same."
United's poor start gives Lucescu, a veteran of 108 Champions League games, hope of doing better than 1999, when he was in charge of the Inter Milan outfit beaten by United in the quarter-final stage.
"I played against Manchester United 14 years ago," said Lucescu. "Then it was a machine for winning trophies.
"It was more of an English team then. Now it's more international, so it's quite difficult to compare these two teams."