Moyes hopes to stem fans’ crit­i­cism by beat­ing Villa

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

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.

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