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Moyes facing United players' mutiny

ESPN staff
March 27, 2014
Where now for Moyes and United?

David Moyes is facing a mutiny among his Manchester United squad with his players increasingly at odds with their manager over his tactics and training methods, according to the Daily Telegraph.

United's owners, the Glazer family, have continued to offer their backing to Moyes despite the dismal 3-0 derby humiliation at the hands of Manchester City at Old Trafford.

Tuesday's defeat was United's sixth league loss at home this season and tenth overall, with the players now believed to be running out of patience with Moyes' approach to the job.

United are seventh in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of Champions League qualification and 18 points off leaders Chelsea.

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The Daily Telegraph report that Moyes' squad are alarmed at the inability of their manager to halt United's slide, which has seen them lose eight of their 17 games in 2014.

Defeat to City was United's second consecutive home loss after their comprehensive 3-0 drubbing by Liverpool earlier this month, which followed the 2-0 Champions League humbling against Olympiakos in their Champions League last-16 first leg.

The meek surrenders against Liverpool and City have raised concerns among United's squad that Moyes' cautious approach is not suited to the club's attacking traditions.

United's players are said to be disgruntled with Moyes' focus on sessions centred around team shape and organisation, compared to the ball-related training they did with Ferguson and coaches Rene Meulensteen and Mike Phelan, who also departed the club last summer.

Following the Liverpool defeat, sources told ESPN that key boardroom figures had turned against Moyes with the prospect of the manager getting sacked had been properly raised for the first time.

Sir Alex Ferguson came in for verbal abuse from irate fans near the directors' box at Old Trafford over his decision to handpick Moyes as the club's next manager.

Stewards were also forced to protect the 'Chosen One' banner in the Stretford End that shows United fans' support for Moyes as Ferguson's successor. Supporters' group Stretford End Flags, who created the banner, insisted the banner will remain on display at Old Trafford.

However while senior figures at the club are concerned over recent results, the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are said to be determined to judge Moyes at the end of the season rather than act now.

United end their campaign at Southampton on May 31 and will finish with their lowest ever Premier League points total.

Robin van Persie publicly questioned Moyes' tactics after the 2-0 Olympiakos defeat, claiming his team-mates were "occupying the spaces I want to play in".

The club were also forced to deny reports that Ryan Giggs had had a bust-up with Moyes over his tactics and training methods earlier this month.

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