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Moyes seeks Aston Villa revival

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

MANCHESTER, England - Manchester United manager David Moyes will hope the faltering English champions can stem the rising tide of criticism coming his way against Aston Villa in the Premier League at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Moyes was the handpicked successor of former United boss Alex Ferguson, British football's most successful manager, who retired at the end of last season.

That led some fans to honour Moyes by draping a banner bearing the words "The Chosen One" at the Stretford End of United's Old Trafford ground.

However, such has been United's slump, one angry supporters' group has threatened to hire a plane towing the message "Chosen wrong, Moyes out" over Old Trafford during the Villa match.

But Villa manager Paul Lambert said that would be excessive, insisting Moyes — who has signed a six-year contract — would stay at United for the foreseeable future.

"Some of the criticism is way over top," Lambert said of the flak coming the way of his fellow Scottish manager.

"He has a huge job — and it's not as if he is standing there feeling good — he's fuming like anyone else.

"For him to receive that level of criticism is not nice. Flying a plane over stadium saying he's not wanted is a bit extreme.

"I fully expect him to remain Manchester United boss."

Tuesday's humbling 3-0 derby defeat at home to title contenders Manchester City, their 10th league defeat of the season, left seventh-placed United a massive 18 points behind leaders Chelsea and 12 adrift of a top four finish that will secure qualification for next term's elite European Champions League.

Those include include two successive 3-0 defeats by arch-rivals Liverpool and City, both vying for the Premier League trophy, in United's last two home league matches.

And with European champions Bayern Munich, who recently retained their Bundesliga title, visiting Old Trafford next week for the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final, Moyes knows United cannot afford a fresh slip-up against Birmingham-based Villa.

After the City match, United defender Rio Ferdinand urged all connected with the club to fall in behind former Everton manager Moyes.








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