Fan poll: Moyes needs more time
DAVID Moyes should be given until next season to "show results" at Old Trafford, according to a poll by popular Manchester United fanzine Red Issue.
Asked how long the United manager should be given, hardcore match-going fans were given the options: "No longer: get rid now", "End of this season" and "Next season".
Only 7 per cent called for his immediate sacking, with almost 20 per cent prepared to give him until the end of the season and the remaining 73 per cent willing to keep him beyond the summer.
Red Issue was founded in 1989 and the editorial in its latest edition, which went on sale at 4pm on Saturday, suggested that fans should remember that Moyes was appointed by his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, and also called for patience.
The poll results were published just before United defeated Swansea 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday, a win that means Moyes avoids the unwanted distinction of managing the club to four consecutive defeats for the first time in 53 years.
Not for the first time this season, he relied on the individual brilliance of teenage forward Adnan Januzaj, who was comfortably United's best performer, as Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck claimed vital goals.
But the mood around United was not helped by reports that Robin van Persie could be out for a further month and a half as he takes time to recover from a persistent thigh injury.
Moyes brushed off the rumour. "I don't know where that has come from," he insisted. "That is wrong information."
Indeed, van Persie, who has been undergoing treatment for the problem in his homeland, Holland, was a spectator in the Old Trafford directors' box for the Swansea game, although his manager's insistence on not offering a specific date for his return has fuelled speculation that the problem is not as straightforward as initially thought.
Moyes, personally, insisted that this most taxing of weeks - which started with a home FA Cup loss to Swansea and featured a Capital One Cup defeat at Sunderland - had taken no personal toll on him.
He said: "I slept very well last night. I sleep great every night. I don't struggle to sleep, not at all.
"Was there any nervousness in the dressing room? No. Not at all."
Moyes started the game with Januzaj playing the "No. 10" role, behind striker Welbeck. But, after conceding a huge amount of possession to Swansea, the United manager switched Januzaj to the left wing and moved Japan international Shinji Kagawa to the role behind Welbeck, a ploy that worked to perfection.
"I moved Adnan there against Sunderland in midweek and he played very well," explained Moyes. "He can play in all the positions around the front and I wanted to see if he could give us more creativity, more chances."