David Moyes has scrapped Manchester United annual pantomime viewing as he looks to turn the festive celebrations into a more serious event with a speech, the Daily Mail reports.

The move from the former Everton manager comes with his side in eighth position, and pressure rapidly increasing from players and fans alike.

A source said to The Sun: "This year's Christmas lunch contrasted heavily to those under Sir Alex Ferguson, which were filled with fun.

"This time it was far more serious thanks to the new managers' speech. The youth team stars were gutted not to put on a show."

Fergie's fun antics consisted of "wearing a pinny" while serving soup, and then sitting the players down to watch the panto in a team bonding session.

Furthermore, the Red Devils' youth players would mock the senior pros for the stories that had appeared about them over the course of the year, with Shrek masks and wigs a constant reminder for Wayne Rooney of his newspaper headlines.

The scrooge-like actions of Moyes come a week after it was revealed Gus Poyet instructed his Sunderland players to tone down their Christmas celebrations, as they attempt to steer themselves away from the relegation zone.

The decision from Moyes may come as a concern to some supporters, keen on the team spirit of the squad improving, increasing the chance of reviving the disappointing season so far.

The under-fire Man Utd chief continues to be compared with the legendary Alex Ferguson with every move he makes. Not helped you would think, by Fergie's insistence on travelling on the team coach just a few weeks ago.

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