Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes current manager Louis van Gaal had to rebuild the club after David Moyes' departure.
Robson says the Dutchman won't break under the pressure he is currently under due to United's form with the club at one point going five Premier League games without a win.
Exiting the Champions League at the group stages and then the Capital One Cup has not helped matters, and the inevitable rumours of a move for Pep Guardiola, when he leaves Bayern Munich this year, have surfaced.
However, Robson feels Van Gaal must be given credit for the recovery he has already instilled at Old Trafford.
"Van Gaal was under pressure even when he was at Barcelona and Bayern Munich," Robson, who made 461 appearances for United and scored 99 goals, told the Times of India.
"At those clubs too, your ambitions had to be high. We have 680 million fans across the globe and that does put pressure (on) as we have to please them.
"He had to rebuild the club from what David Moyes left behind and put them back to where they were under (Alex) Ferguson.
"It was going to be a difficult job as fans want exciting football and results. But Louis has got huge support from people within the club."