David Moyes has had a tumultuous first season at the helm of Manchester United, and has blamed the team’s struggles on the squad’s age.
Moyes said: “I actually think if Sir Alex was here this year it would be difficult for Sir Alex as well, and I’m sure he’d be aware of it. I think people are aware there’s a squad that is a bit more ageing, so I think it would have been a tough season for probably whoever was in charge of Manchester United this year.”
The embattled manager is facing up to a protest during Saturday’sthe lunchtime meeting with Aston Villa during which a plane hired by disgruntled fans will fly over Old Trafford, just before kick-off and for the first 15 minutes of the game, displaying a banner reading ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’. This follows Tuesday evening’s 3-0 derby humiliation to Manchester City at the stadium that, following the previous league home defeat to Liverpool – also by 3-0 – moved some fans to vent their anger at Sir Alex Ferguson, for appointing Moyes.
However, while the 50-year-old manager recognises fans have a right to their views, he believes the majority are behind him. “The supporters I see are the ones I speak to, and I have got to say the supporters outside Old Trafford have been fantastic,” he said.