A number of senior Manchester United players are said to have doubts about the suitability of David Moyes to be manager of the Premier League champions, the
United have lost their last three games, in the Premier League at home to Tottenham Hotspur, the FA Cup at home to Swansea City, and the Capital One Cup away at Sunderland, to leave the side off the pace in the league, out of one cup competition and facing a struggle to reach the final of another. The return leg with Sunderland takes place later in January.
Moyes has overseen six league defeats so far this season, one more than United recorded in the whole of last term, when they won the title by 11 points. The manager’s decision to dispense with the backroom staff left by Sir Alex Ferguson following his retirement is among a number of issues raising questions among the players, the newspaper claims.
Nemanja Vidic’s apparent desire to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires this summer, Rio Ferdinand’s public complaint over Moyes’ preference to name the XI for an upcoming fixture close to kick-off time and the pursuit of Everton left-back Leighton Baines and the impact on Patrice Evra, the incumbent in the position, are all cited as factors causing unrest.
United face Swansea again this weekend, also at home, in a league fixture. The last meeting between the sides was settled by a late Wilfried Bony goal, although United did take an emphatic victory from the Liberty Stadium in Moyes’ first league game in charge, in August.
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