David Moyes claims the open letter he penned to Manchester United fans was done so after a request from others at the club, amid a backlash from some sections of the Red Devils’ support regarding the timing of the statement.
Moyes is under extreme pressure to revive the club’s fortunes with Manchester United languishing perilously far from the coveted top four positions having already relinquished their Premier League title. They are also close to dropping out of the Champions League, the final cup competition in which they are involved.
The Manchester United manager has now publicly acknowledged the failings the team has endured since he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, with Moyes expressing an apologetic tone in the letter sent to fans.
There has been an almost inevitable adverse reaction to this letter, with Stretford End Flags claiming it was ‘ill-timed’, but Moyes insists it was more a note of thanks to Manchester United fans, even if it was not his idea.
"I was asked to put out something to the supporters to say: 'Here we are, this is how it's gone about' but I think most Manchester United supporters totally understand the situation. They've shown that with their backing wherever I've been, not just at Old Trafford but everywhere,” Moyes told reporters.
“I’ve been to a lot of games all over the world and all the Manchester United supporters I bump into understand we're having a difficult season and they're looking forward to it getting better."
Manchester United face relegation-threatened West Brom on Saturday at the Hawthorns, the scene of Ferguson’s final game, and three points will imperative as Moyes looks to kickstart his reign as manager.