Manchester United have no plans to remove the banner depicting under-fire manager David Moyes as 'The Chosen One' from Old Trafford, despite stewards being forced to guard the sign from potential vandals following last night's 3-0 derby defeat.
United slipped to their 10th Premier League defeat of the season against noisy neighbours Man City last night, the latest poor result in a largely lacklustre debut campaign at the helm for Moyes to put it mildly.
Moyes has a visible show of support in the form of a large banner at the centre of the Stretford End, paid for thanks to the fundraising efforts of 400 United fans who are members of the Stetford End Flags group.
The SEF have come under pressure to remove the banner as United have tumbled down the table, particularly following back-to-back home Premier League defeats to City and Liverpool over the last 10 days.
Stewards flanked round the expensive sign to stop it being defaced as the full-time whistle went last night and The Telegraph believe that may become a recurring theme, with the SEF not prepared to take the sign unless calls for that move become absolutely overwhelming.
What started as a show of strength in Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to handpick his successor has become a reminder of how far United have fallen this season, with audible groans of discontent at Old Trafford last night piling the pressure on their beleaguered boss.