David Moyes not concerned by banner protest

David Moyes
David Moyes

Two banners will be flown over Old Trafford on Saturday as David Moyes braces himself for the first real show of dissent towards his rule as Manchester United manager.

A group of disgruntled United fans have clubbed together £840 to pay for a banner reading ‘Wrong One - Moyes Out’ to be flown above Old Trafford in the build-up to United’s lunch-time kick-off against Aston Villa.

The message mocks a banner in the Stretford End which proclaims Moyes as ‘The Chosen One’ - a reference to the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson hand-picked Moyes to be his successor last summer.

The saga took another twist on Friday after it emerged that another banner, trailed from a different plane, will be flown over the stadium at the same time.

It seems a high-street bookmaker is behind the second banner.

The bookmaker is refusing to reveal the message their plane will drag across the skies, but it is understood to not be favourable towards Moyes.

If those fans who paid for the fly-by thought their stunt would push Moyes towards resignation, they were wrong.

“All it has done is strengthened my resolve to get the job done right,” a defiant United manager said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“I’m more driven to succeed than ever.

“I want to change the position we’re in just now. I really do believe we can do that.”

Moyes refused the opportunity to criticise the fans who have planned the ‘Moyes Out’ stunt.

“I’ve heard of it and what they’re saying about it,” he said.

“It’s a long journey here and this is just the start of the journey.”

How long United fans stay committed to backing Moyes on his “journey” remains to be seen.

There was a whiff of dissent in the air on Tuesday night towards the end of United’s miserable 3-0 derby defeat to Manchester City.

One fan had to be escorted from the South Stand after he approached the dugout to vent his anger at the manager.

The Chosen One banner had to be guarded by security men, who feared it may be ripped down.

And even Ferguson received abuse for installing Moyes as he sat in the directors’ box.

It was an unsavoury night for Moyes, but he says he has since received messages of support from the United faithful.

“Everywhere I go, I get great support from Manchester United supporters,” Moyes said.

“I went to dinner last night for Darren Fletcher and (some fans) came up to me and said: ‘keep going, we understand exactly the situation the club and the team is in’.

“They were really supportive and every time I’ve gone to Old Trafford, the crowd have been great.

“I’m seeing it different to what a lot of people are seeing.”

I’m witnessing great support.”