Manchester United manager David Moyes maintains that there are positives for the club’s fans to cling to despite them being out of contention for the Champions League.
Last season’s champions suffered an 11th Premier League defeat of the season when they lost 2-0 at Everton on Sunday.
United were already guaranteed their worst points tally since the start of the Premier League era in 1992 and the result at Goodison Park means that it is no longer possible for them to finish in the top four.
Moyes, however, is adamant that the supporters understand the problems he has faced in taking over from Alex Ferguson and is sure that he can turn the situation around.
“I think everybody knows that we are on track to make changes and do some different things. We are rebuilding. We have got things we want to do,” he said.
“The supporters have been incredibly behind the team and supported the team throughout. They understand it has not been good. I recognise it has not been good. It needs to be better.”
Nemanja Vidic is leaving for Inter Milan, and Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand will soon be out of contract, and there were reports in the British media on Sunday that England forward Danny Welbeck will also seek a move at the end of the campaign.
United only managed two shots on target in a disappointing performance that saw them beaten by a Leighton Baines penalty and a Kevin Mirallas goal.
Everton are a point behind fourth-place Arsenal with three matches remaining and two points behind third-place Manchester City, who have two matches in hand and visit Goodison Park in a fortnight.
Martinez, whose side also won 1-0 at Old Trafford in December, believes that doing the double over United is further evidence of his team’s progress since he took over last year.
But the Spaniard remains grateful to Moyes for the legacy he left behind after his 11-year spell at Goodison Park.
“When I arrived at Everton, I said straightaway I was fortunate to walk into a club where everything was in place,” Martinez said.
“David Moyes’s job at Everton has been the platform of the performances we’ve put in.”