Manchester United are still in transition, claims Dutch legend.

Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf says Manchester United have to be patient with Jose Mourinho because they are still in transition.

United have had a below par start to the season as they sit in eighth spot in the Premier League table, 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. They also have a negative goal difference (-1) after 12 games for the first time since 1977/78.

However, Seedorf has backed Mourinho to be successful at Old Trafford and believes the club haven’t had the confidence to deal with things successfully since Sir Alex Ferguson departed in 2013.

"After Ferguson it's just difficult," the current Cameroon head coach told Sky Sports News. "It's a transition phase still, and not only Ferguson but the players that he had.

"Once the last team of [Paul] Scholes, [Ryan] Giggs and [Wayne] Rooney fall away, it's a part of the club that leaves the heart of the team. To replace that you need to have patience.

"That's not only happened with Manchester United, it's happening in Milan but they need to keep on working. I think they have all the means to be able to stay competitive.”

The four-time Champions League winner continued: "He [Mourinho] definitely has an interesting track record.

"It's up to the club and him to understand whether his management still has influence and he can turn things around.

"He definitely has the capacity - I don't think we have to discuss Mourinho's qualities but sometimes things just don't go and that could be the main decision to stop working with each other."

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