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  • 29 March 2014, 22:03

United Boss Moyes Faces Plane Banner Protest

Supporter discontent over Manchester United's slide into mediocrity took to the skies over Old Trafford before the lunchtime kick-off against Aston Villa.

Fans demanding manager David Moyes be sacked following United's disappointing season paid 840 for a plane carrying a banner reading: "Wrong One - Moyes Out".

The message was a response to a banner inside Old Trafford on the Stretford End that reads "The Chosen One", a reference to the fact Sir Alex Ferguson personally selected Moyes as his successor.

Jeers could be heard inside the stadium as the "Moyes Out" banner flew overheard shortly before kick-off.

United won the match 4-1.

Asked about the banner before the match, Moyes said: "You just have to remain focused on the game - and that's what we have done.

"It is going to happen but I think, for the people who have spent money on the plane, it would have been better served by putting it into Darren Fletcher's colitis charity instead."

Moyes is struggling to gain the confidence of fans after a season that has set records for relative failure.

United are already guaranteed their lowest points total in the Premier League era, with automatic qualification for the Champions League looking highly unlikely.

They went out of the FA Cup in the third round for only the second time in 27 years and lost in the semi-final of the League Cup.

They are still in the Champions League, with a quarter-final against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The manner and result of that tie may yet settle Moyes' fate.

The club's American owners, the Glazer family, will give him every chance to show he is up to the job.

But with every limp performance their confidence in him, and willingness to let him spend 200m on rebuilding the squad, can only be dented.

The response of supporters to the aerial duel overhead on Saturday will be watched closely by the owners.

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