Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson received a tirade of abusive comments from disenchanted supporters fed up with the iconic Scot’s successor David Moyes, whose beleaguered side slumped to a humiliating 3-0 defeat against local rivals Manchester City on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils were outclassed by their city neighbours from the moment referee Michael Oliver blew his first whistle, with Edin Dzeko scoring the game’s opening goal inside the opening minute. The Bosnia & Herzegovina international doubled City’s lead after the break, before Yaya Toure compounded United’s misery with a late third.
The Telegraph report that Ferguson, who managed United for 26 years before selecting ex-Everton boss Moyes as his successor last summer, was “berated with expletive-laden outbursts from supporters complaining at the state of the team left behind on his retirement as well as his decision to anoint Moyes as his replacement”.
The 72-year-old Scot was sitting near the directors’ box, in close proximity of both executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold.
Meanwhile, one particularly irked Manchester United supporter was photographed being escorted away from near where Moyes and his coaching staff were sat, after appearing to gesture for the under-fire Red Devils’ boss to resign.
And another batch of stewards inside Old Trafford were guarding “The Chosen One” banner, in a bid to prevent fans from removing it from it’s position on the second tier of the Stretford End.
While the Manchester United faithful have backed Moyes throughout the campaign, despite a string of awful results, it seems the 3-0 defeat to Manuel Pellegrini’s side may have been the final straw.
Next up for the reigning Premier League champions are Aston Villa - at Old Trafford - on Saturday lunchtime, before Moyes prepares to go head-to-head with Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night.
Manchester United fans: who do you blame for the club’s problems? Moyes, Ferguson or someone else?