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Many of the day's newspapers seem to have conflicting opinions—or have received conflicting private briefings—about the future of David Moyes at Manchester United; with some saying that he retains the support of the club's owners and others suggesting he has until the end of the season to save his job.
The Times (subscription required) reports that the ex-Everton man has lost the dressing room somewhat, as players lose faith in his tactics and managerial style.
James Ducker writes:
The next few weeks could be critical in terms of determining whether Moyes can stop the rot, buy himself some valuable breathing space and win round a dressing room that is harbouring increasing doubts about the Scot’s suitability for the job.
Certainly, in the 2-0 defeat by Olympiakos, the players gave the impression that they had stopped playing for him. Even after the victory against Crystal Palace three days earlier, though, the word was of relief among the players that they had won, given the doubts that had been building about their ability to break down a resolute Palace side.
Confidence, collectively and individually, is at a real low, yet so is faith in Moyes' approach.
Jamie Jackson in The Guardian claims that Moyes' overhaul of United's scouting department has helped him earn the Glazers' mid-term backing:
David Moyes continues to have the firm backing of the Glazer family despite his dismal inaugural campaign as the Manchester United manager.
Such is the faith in Moyes that the ambition for 2014-15 is not to finish in a Champions League position but to win a 21st domestic title.
The support Moyes enjoys from the Glazers is based on the depth and detail with which he has restructured the club. Moyes has reconfigured United's scouting system, with the 50-year-old creating a dedicated nerve-centre at Carrington that resembles the 'bunker' from which he plotted player acquisition at Everton when manager.
Yet, in contrast to that, The Independent on Thursday leads with a story saying that David Moyes has just 12 games to save his United reign—no doubt increasing the pressure on the Scot.