When Sir Alex Ferguson gave his last ever Old Trafford speech after the victory over Swansea City last season, he made one thing very clear.
''I'd also like to remind you that we've had bad times here. The club stood by me. All my staff stood by me. The players stood by me. So your job now is to stand by our new manager. That is important.''
It was the one point he emphasised with the utmost authority, yet already that is being betrayed.
On the day the Old Trafford faithful cheered, they applauded this thoughtful vocal gesture, but in typical Fergie style it also sounded like a warning.
But before long, after the, admittedly, humiliating defeat to Manchester City #MoyesOut trended on Twitter.
The game was tough. United were poor, and Moyes continues to make poor tactical decisions. New signing Maraoune Fellaini struggled in a two man midfield, Ashley Young was absolutely god awful while Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic looked petrified at the pace in which City attacked them. City’s players were running on clay, while the United boys were stomping through treacle - it was a complete physical, technical and tactical demolishing.
But the same thing happened to Fergie at Maine Road in his first Manchester Derby. If any fans in the Premier League should know that sticking by your manager through the tough times is imperative, it should be United fans.
Moyes needs to improve, he knows that. He needs to unshackle the team, stop playing restrictive formations and adapt to the calibre of players he has in his team. Try a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1, give the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Wilfried Zaha and even Javier Hernandez a chance to prove themselves.
He will know all of these things, but to do it is to take a risk. If he took risks and it didn’t work he would be held more culpable - and I think he has played it too safe, and been punished by teams with more gusto, more verve and more energy.
But while he figures that out he needs the support from the entire fanbase, not a minority of fans calling for his head, baying for blood after a handful of games.
Stand by him like they did Fergie, it is what the great man wanted as one of his final managerial wishes.
Now you wouldn’t defy Fergie would you United fans?
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