Poyet feels criticism of United is wide of the mark.
Poyet said:: "I think they are better than a lot of people think,' he said. 'I know it's easier to see the negative side and I'm not saying they are hitting the performances the manager is expecting, but look at their results.
"If they get into the top four with all the changes that have happened after (Sir Alex) Ferguson, I think that would be a big achievement.
"Look at Arsenal - they are delighted when they are in the top four, so why not United after what has happened in the last two years?"