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Temp Head - MANCHESTER United legends Denis Irwin

MANCHESTER United legends Denis Irwin and Peter Schmeichel have given their unequivocal backing to David Moyes and another Old Trafford aristocrat, Ryan Giggs, is adamant that misfiring young stars will pass 'a test of character' with flying colours.

"It is a test of character but I am fully confident we will come through it and we will be okay," said Giggs. "I have said many times over the years, the defeats and losses generate a bigger feeling than winning things. It sticks with you a lot longer.

"You have to react and you have to try and do something about it. It hurts. There are players at this club who only know winning," he said.

"It is important for the older players, who have been through these sticky patches before to help the younger ones."



Two men who know more than most about the highs and lows of life as a Manchester United player are Denis Irwin and Peter Schmeichel and both remember precedents for Moyes's current difficulties from their own time at the club.

"We lost three consecutive games back in '96/'97, we got battered, but we went on to win the title," said Irwin.

"People asked how did we do that? But we can't explain, it's just the way it is in football."

Schmeichel called for unity and support for Moyes.

"Football is like life, you have these periods where it's not happening for you, and it's not happening for the team at the moment," he said.

"But we call ourselves Manchester United and everyone should be United.

"You can't have certain supporters criticising, they've been spoiled for years, but this is what their football club is about, facing adversity and recovering from that.

"We can do the most incredible things because we are United."