Manchester United manager commented post-game on the figures looming large over him.
Just like after every defeat David Moyes has suffered this season, the TV cameras panned to Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands. You'd almost think they were doing it deliberately(!)
Last night they captured a glum looking former manager, along with former captain Bryan Robson and record scorer and club director Sir Bobby Charlton - who was seen shaking his head after the loss.
Many have suggested that Ferguson is indirectly applying pressure on his successor by attending games, and recommended he stop doing so, but Moyes publicly at least sees no problem with it.
Asked after the game if Ferguson's presence is a hindrance for the struggling boss, Moyes replied the opposite was the case.
His comments were transcripted post-match by RedNews and his response was as follows:
“Not at all, I can only see as Alex as a great sounding board for me, he’s there to help so is Sir Bobby, he’s terrific, Bryan Robson is at the training ground regular, speak to him at the training ground, I find the three of them terrific.”
“I’ve been here before, done it before, experienced, and I just sense that it’s just on its verge of turning, we’re about to get a bit better. If you’re going to be in this job, you’ve got to win, last few games I’ve not won, going through a difficult time, it’s part of football management, it’s never going to be an easy ride.”
Whether he feels that way privately is another matter, because it would be the death knell for his United future to call out his predecessor, the man who gave him the job, even if it is turning out to be a poisoned chalice.
Three losses from three league games in 2014 is not a pretty figure, nor a usual one for United to deal with.
Questions about Sir Alex and Sir Bobby may be welcome because at least David Moyes can answer them. As for actually solving what is going wrong on the pitch, so far he is yet to find a solution.
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