Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Manchester United boss David Moyes targeted by skywriters

Manchester United manager David Moyes has lost a lot backing from the fans
Manchester United manager David Moyes has lost a lot backing from the fans

A group of Manchester United fans are threatening to hire a light aircraft to tow a banner over Old Trafford with the message calling for manager David Moyes to go, it has been claimed.

The action is in response to the contentious 'Chosen One' banner that is on display at Old Trafford despite calls for it to be removed in the wake of United's increasingly troubled season under Moyes.

A United fans' blog, therepublikofmancunia.com, claimed supporters are planning to send their own message during the game against Aston Villa tomorrow.

The blog states: "A group of United fans have raised £840 in a day to fund a plane to fly over Old Trafford with a message reading 'Wrong One – Moyes Out'.

"The message is a response to the Stretford End Flags banner which reads 'The Chosen One'."

United would not be drawn on the threat, but there is no doubt the 'Chosen One' banner is causing controversy. After United stumbled to a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester City, there were angry protests directed against Moyes and his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.

Some fans had earlier called for the group that made the banner – Stretford End Flags – to remove it following the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool almost two weeks ago.

Stewards also gathered around the banner after the City defeat to prevent it from being seized.

Meanwhile Manchester United greats Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers have clubbed together to buy Salford City, subject to FA and league approval.

The deal for tthe Evo-Stik League Division One North, is to be completed in the summer.

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