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Moyes faces intense pressure

26 March 2014, 16:06

London - Manchester United manager, David Moyes found himself beneath an increasingly intense spotlight on Wednesday amid press reports of fan dissent in the wake of his side's defeat by Manchester City.

United's 3-0 loss at Old Trafford on Tuesday was the cue for an angry reaction from some of the club's supporters, who have seen their team disintegrate under Moyes's stewardship.

Several British newspapers reported that former manager Alex Ferguson had been barracked by fans as he sat in the directors box for choosing Moyes to succeed him, while a picture emerged showing a supporter being led away by stewards after apparently gesturing for the former Everton coach to resign.

There were also reports that United's stewards had been instructed to protect a banner erected in the Stretford End in Moyes's honour following his appointment last year -- 'The Chosen One' -- from angry fans.

Dissent had crept onto social networking websites as well, with the hash tag "#MoyesOut" trending on Twitter in the United Kingdom on Wednesday morning.

Supporters on Twitter also expressed anger over Moyes's post-match assertion that Manuel Pellegrini's City were playing at a level that defending champions United "need to try and aspire to get to".

Despite the dissent, United continue to back Moyes publicly, with director and former player Bobby Charlton asserting in a BBC interview on Tuesday that he felt that the Scot was still "the right man" for the job.

United have gone out of both domestic cup competitions and their chances of qualifying for next year's Champions League are remote after the loss to City left them 12 points below the top four in seventh place.

Meanwhile, their quarter-final opponents in this season's Champions League, holders Bayern Munich, are in ominous form, having secured the Bundesliga title in record time with a 3-1 victory at Hertha Berlin on Tuesday.

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