The jury may be out on whether David Moyes has what it takes to lead Manchester United into a glorious future. However, after Saturday, we certainly cannot question the man’s mental strength. In the face of his first real public adversity from a section of the club’s fans, he came out fighting and, you know what, he won.
He clearly made a conscious decision to meet his public on Saturday afternoon, briefly before the ridiculous plane stunt was about to take place.
In a season of lows and questionable decisions, flying a plane over Old Trafford demanding for David Moyes to be sacked undoubtedly takes the biscuit.
The halfwits who organised that puerile initiative and the morons who forked out money to pay for it should be ashamed of themselves, there’s no two ways about it. Their stunt has done absolutely nothing to dismiss the argument perpetuated by fans of other clubs according to which United fans are a bunch of arrogant, spoilt, brainless idiots.
Over the past few days news has been circulating that some ‘supporters’ have planned to fly a plane with a ‘Moyes Out’ banner. Previously just a mere rumour the idea of doing such a thing has gained a lot of steam particularly after the 0-3 derby drubbing to Manchester City. Today pictures have been released of the very plane and the very banner that is meant to fly over Old Trafford at the the beginning of the game vs Aston Villa. In this post I will be discussing everything that is wrong with going through with such a foolish idea and why it will only damage our club!
‘It wont work’ The sole motivation for the ‘supporters’ who plan to go through with this action is to get David Moyes sacked. Unfortunately for them the fact is, David Moyes was hired as a long-term replacement for Sir Alex. The 6 year contract he was offered signifies that. Not only will the Glazer’s and other board members not sack him, they will support him! He was handed a mammoth task of succeeding Sir Alex and he will be allowed to do this until the beginning of the next season, at the very least! He will be allowed to spend in the summer, which is something we have all missed at Manchester United!
Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he’s scared of leaving the house and running the risk of having to confront disgruntled United fans and the 35-year-old centre-back has described the club’s current season as “embarrassing”.
A protest, planned by a group of fans ahead of tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa, will see a small aircraft carrying a banner reading “Wrong One – Moyes Out” flying above Old Trafford before kick-off tomorrow, while Ferdinand is the first senior figure to speak out about United’s dismal campaign.
“These are wonderful times to be a Manchester United fan, particularly as the Reds look to clinch their 20th title when Aston Villa visit Old Trafford tomorrow.” No, I haven’t lost my marbles – not all of them anyway – I simply thought that nothing would illustrate how far we’ve fallen this season as the different circumstances surrounding this fixture eight months ago, hence the choice to recycle a line from last season.
In April, Aston Villa were nothing more than a sparring partner for United, a side that could have delayed our 20th title but chose not to and were blown away in just over 30 minutes, as United rubber stamped their league triumph.
First off, let me start by introducing myself as Greg, a United fan who never believed David Moyes was the right man for the job when the news broke almost 12 months ago. Despite having ten solid years at Everton, one thing was missing. A trophy.
Now, it’d be easy to raise the argument that he was dealing with peanuts for a budget at Everton, but on more than one occasion during his tenure, he could (and probably should) have lifted a trophy only to choke on the big stage.
David Moyes might still have the backing of the Manchester United board, with neither the Glazers, nor Ed Woodward or Fergie and Sir Bobby seemingly ready to pull the plug on Moyes’ dismal tenure at Old Trafford, but the United manager is losing support among two other crucial parties.
The first, as was widely reported after Tuesday’s shambolic defeat, are the fans. Having stood behind Moyes for eight months, showing a remarkable amount of patience given the awful football we’ve been treated to, many Reds seem to have finally lost patience and some – the man in the South Stand being the prime example – decided to make their feelings known to the manager.
Following the derby drubbing to Manchester City the mood at Old Trafford is unsurprisingly glum. The stage is all set for Guardiola’s men to truly showcase to the whole world the difference of class between Europe’s best and England’s current champions.
As is so often with European nights at Old Trafford, the footballing universe will look on as Pep’s men lock horns with Moyes’s men. Many will see it simply as a formality for the German champions however a small selection of Manchester United supporters, including me, will hope against hope for an upset. An improbable upset. We will dare to dream, the impossible dream.