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David Moyes facing player revolt at Manchester United

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David Moyes is facing a player revolt at Old Trafford (©GettyImages)
David Moyes is facing a player revolt at Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

Judging by the efforts of fans to remove the now infamous banner from the Stretford fans, 'The Chosen One' appears to be losing the support of the Old Trafford faithful.

The banner, which was commissioned by the Stretford End Flags, was heavily guarded by stewards following the defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday. United supporters are starting to get a little impatient. Their embattled manager David Moyes is under serious threat of fan revolt.

But now Moyes faces an even greater obstacle - player mutiny. According to the Daily Telegraph, there are growing concerns amongst the squad about Moyes' tactics and training methods. Whilst the Old Trafford board may overlook any campaigning from fans to remove the former Everton manager, Moyes will inevitably lose his mandate to manage should he lose the dressing room. Of course it is questionable as to whether or not he has ever had it.

Since his appointment in July, the Scot has faced criticism from both internal and external sources regarding his 'involved' training sessions. There is particular displeasure from those in Holland, concerned by the effect of the manager's overbearing approach on Robin van Persie, who has himself looked unsettled during this campaign.

It would appear that the Old Trafford hierarchy continue to support Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, but there is growing unrest within the playing staff and fans over his suitability for the role. There are also increasing doubts about whether world-class talents such as Toni Kroos would entertain the option of working under Moyes. 

There have been no visible signs of improvement within the squad, and Moyes' tactics, particularly in the Manchester derby, were questionable at the very least. He has looked out of his depth far too often this season.

His comments on Tuesday night merely served to bolster the belief that the job role has been too substantial, too imposing, too intimidating for a manager who has yet to lift major silverware. Unless United's form improves, he may not be lifting any at Old Trafford for a considerable amount of time. He may be removed before he is given the chance.

His only beacon of hope this season rests on the Champions League quarter-final, when United host all-conquering Bayern Munich in the first leg on Tuesday. Managed by Pep Guardiola, Bayern possess a ruthless streak that is unlikely to make comfortable viewing for United supporters. A comprehensive defeat will spark further calls for his sacking, and many hold the opinion that he is on borrowed time, having been spared following the comeback win over Olympiakos in the previous round.

There are still those supporters who maintain Moyes needs to be given time, pointing to a summer transfer window which promises to be one of the most crucial in United's recent history. He can also take comfort from the fact that the Stretford End Flags - owners of 'The Chosen One' banner - have resisted calls for it to be removed, at least for now.

Moyes is lucky to be in his job, and he must start repaying the faith shown in him pretty quickly. Or else the flag will be removed, and he won't be far behind.

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