By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

David Moyes has urged Manchester United to be patient with under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman is under huge pressure after two consecutive defeats prompted widespread calls from supporters for him to be sacked.

But former manager Moyes, who was dismissed just 10 months into his reign in May 2014, does not believe that axing Van Gaal is the answer.

United are 12 points adrift of Premier League leaders Leicester but still have hopes of lifting silverware in Van Gaal’s second season at the helm.

The Premier League giants face League One club Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday before hosting Danish minnows Midtjylland in the second leg of their Europa League clash three days later.

Speaking to BBC Sport on Saturday evening, Moyes explained why United should stick by Van Gaal.

“I don’t think Manchester United should become a sacking club,” the Scot said. “I was disappointed when I lost my job after 10 months. They have always stood for much greater things than sacking their managers regularly, so I don’t think they should.

“They can win the second leg and go through. They’ve got Shrewsbury in the cup and can go through. He’s still in the cup competitions. I would expect them to win the Europa League game and we’d all expect them to beat Shrewsbury.