Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have become less vocal in his boardroom backing of David Moyes, amid speculation the Manchester United manager is in danger of losing his position unless he is able to arrest the club's dramatic decline under his leadership.
Manchester United have lost 50 percent of their matches since the turn of the year - seven out of 14 - with the abject display in the weekend humiliation to Liverpool reinforcing the position in which they find themselves. Regular reports of dressing room unrest have not helped the cause of Moyes, and his role is now under even greater scrutiny.
Consternation among the club's sponsors is reportedly leading to uncertainty regarding Moyes at board level and, according to ESPN FC, Ferguson has become less forthright in his own support of the man he handpicked to succeed him at Old Trafford.
This is not to suggest that Moyes has lost the support of the former Manchester United manager, but it would appear difficult even for Ferguson - his most loyal supporter - to justify the recent results and performances.
While some Manchester United officials consider the potential options available to them, Moyes still retains an advocate in Sir Bobby Charlton. The Manchester United icon has always been publicly supportive of Moyes, and reportedly remains so during these extreme times.