David Moyes is facing a fight to prove he is the man to rebuild Manchester United, following the latest big setback in what is fast becoming a nightmare season for the reigning Premier League champions, reports the Daily Mirror.
Some bookies yesterday suspended betting on Moyes being the next Premier League manager to be shown the door, following United’s shock 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Moyes retains the backing of the United board for now, but it is understood there has been a mood change following Tuesday’s latest setback.
The Scot has already lost the backing of a significant number of the fans, and faces three huge home games next month that could have a massive impact on his future.
United welcome arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League next month, as well as the crucial return leg with Olympiakos.
Defeat to Liverpool would all but end their top four chances, while early elimination from the Champions League would ensure Moyes’ first season in charge ends trophyless.
Senior figures at United have confided that they never expected quite such a disastrous first season when Moyes was hand-picked by Ferguson to succeed him, after he stood down after 27 years in charge at the end of last season.
Moyes knows he must significantly improve the squad in the next transfer window, after a disastrous first window in charge, which saw the former Everton boss miss out on a host of top targets.