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PHOTOS: Anti-Moyes banner flown over Old Trafford

March 29, 2014 19:26 IST

PHOTOS: Anti-Moyes banner flown over Old Trafford

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A banner calling for the dismissal of beleaguered Manchester United manager David Moyes was flown over Old Trafford on Saturday as his side's Premier League match with Aston Villa kicked-off.

United fans unhappy with their side's poor season pitched together to raise money for a fly past, with the banner reading 'Wrong One; Moyes Out'.

It did not meet with total approval, however, as jeers rang out from inside the stadium.


Image: A plane flies overhead with a banner criticising Manchester United Manager David Moyes
Photographs: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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'Have to remain focused on the game'

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The words refer to another banner displayed inside Old Trafford since the manager arrived at the start of the season proclaiming Moyes to be 'The Chosen One' as Alex Ferguson's selected successor.

When asked about the banner by BT Sport before the match, the Scot replied: "You just have to remain focused on the game - and that's what we have done.

"It is going to happen but I think, for the people who have spent money on the plane, it would have been better served by putting it into Darren Fletcher's colitis charity instead."

Last season's champions are now seventh in the table and are unlikely to qualify for Europe through the league, with their only hope appearing to be through winning the Champions League.


Image: David Moyes
Photographs: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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'Even Ferguson would have struggled this season'

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Even the great Alex Ferguson would have struggled as manager of Manchester United this season, his under-fire successor David Moyes said on Saturday.

The Premier League champions are languishing in seventh place in the table, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea and 12 behind Arsenal who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

"If Sir Alex was here it would be difficult for him as well," Moyes told British newspapers. "It could have been the case no matter what, this season.

"It has been so un-Man United which is why we have to look to continue a policy of building, improving, getting better."


Image: Alex Ferguson
Photographs: Phil Noble/Reuters

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