Moyes hopes to stem fans’ criticism by beating Villa
MANCHESTER — Manchester United manager David Moyes will hope the faltering English champions can stem the rising tide of criticism coming his way against Aston Villa in the Premier League at Old Trafford today.
Moyes was the handpicked successor of former United boss Alex Ferguson, British football’s most successful manager, who retired at the end of last season.
That led some fans to honour Moyes by draping a banner bearing the words “The Chosen One” at the Stretford End of United’s Old Trafford ground.
However, such has been United’s slump, one angry supporters’ group has threatened to hire a plane towing the message “Chosen wrong, Moyes out” over Old Trafford during the Villa match.
But Villa manager Paul Lambert said that would be excessive, insisting Moyes — who has signed a sixyear contract — would stay at United for the foreseeable future.
“Some of the criticism is way over the top,” Lambert said of the flak coming the way of his fellow Scottish manager. “He has a huge job — and it’s not as if he is standing there feeling good — he’s fuming like anyone else.
“Flying a plane over stadium saying he’s not wanted is a bit extreme. I fully expect him to remain Manchester United boss.”
Tuesday’s humbling 30 derby defeat at home to title contenders Manchester City, their 10th league defeat of the season, left seventhplaced United a massive 18 points behind leaders Chelsea and 12 adrift of a top four finish that will secure qualification for next term’s elite Champions League. — SapaAFP.