Manchester United still back David Moyes
Published 24/01/2014 | 08:30
David Moyes does not have to worry about his job – not this year anyway.
The Manchester United manager is on the rack after yet another defeat, this time to lowly Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.
With United already out of the FA Cup, and certainly well out of the race for the Premier League title they won last season, it's no surprise that some disgruntled fans are calling for Moyes' head after only a few months in the hotseat.
But it's understood that the Glazer tycoons who own United will stand by the manager, even if the Red Devils fail to make it into the Champions League for next season.
That would put a huge hole – something like £40m – in the Old Trafford coffers, but sources within the club say the loss will be tolerated, as well as the estimated £150m needed to overhaul the failing first-team squad.
Should Moyes' new-look United struggle, however, in the first half of next season, the manager's position will certainly be under review.
Moyes could hardly be blamed for the inept showing against the Black Cats, notable for an appalling error by goalkeeper David de Gea and one of the worst executions of a penalty shootout anyone can remember.
The manager himself described United's penalty prowess as "terrible" after four out of five were missed.
United's imminent record signing, Juan Mata, is expected to undergo a medical today ahead of his proposed £37m move from Chelsea.
The Spanish international is believed to have agreed a four-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford worth £150,000 a week.
Mata has struggled for a regular Chelsea starting place under Jose Mourinho but is still regarded as one of the best number 10s in world football.