Whether David Moyes Admits It or Not, He's Fighting for His Future vs Olympiakos

Rob Dawson@@RobDawsonMENChief Writer IVJune 25, 2016

Manchester United's manager David Moyes speaks during a press conference at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Manchester United will play Olympiakos in a Champions League last 16 second leg soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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David Moyes doesn't look like a man under pressure. At least, when he's not in the dugout.

In the face of some awkward questions about his Manchester United future on Tuesday, he kept smiling. Well, on the outside at least.

At his press conference to preview the Champions League second-round second leg with Olympiakos, he maintained his job doesn't depend on qualifying for the quarter-finals.

But he was unlikely to say anything else.

My future has not changed one bit. I have got a great job, I know exactly the direction I want it to go in. 

It's not been the season we hoped we would have at this present moment in time but I have ideas of what I want to do and put in place when the time is right. 

But the most important thing now is to get the Olympiakos game played and hopefully get through in that competition. 

If we can it would be a massive lift for us but we know we have got ourselves in a poor position being 2-0 down. But we have got a lot of belief and we have got to try to make it show in the game.

But whether he wants to admit it publicly or not, Moyes' future is on the line.

After Olympiakos, United face a tricky trip to West Ham United. Then Manchester City arrive at Old Trafford for the derby on March 25.

It's getting to the point where further set-backs will not be tolerated. Especially if defeats come in the manner of the one to Liverpool on Sunday.

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As the season has gone on, the United fans have grown tired of what their manager has had to say. 

It is of great annoyance to many of them that he has not been able to adequately explain the poor performances and the dreadful results.

As such, Moyes insisting his future is secure will not dent their belief—hope, even—that he is on thin ice.

Moyes ticked all the boxes in front of the cameras ahead of the game with Olympiakos. He praised the fans, thanked them for sticking with the team and vowed to do everything possible to qualify for the last eight.

I think the support inside Old Trafford has been phenomenal, it really has been, and I think the players would tell you that the first thing I mentioned to them was we need to give something back now.

We need to start performing together, me, the team, we need to make sure that we work together to get a performance on the night to be remembered.

We’ll leave nothing behind on the night hopefully and we’ll try to make sure that we somehow get ourselves through to the next round.

But talk is cheap.

Moyes can only start to repair his strained relationship with the supporters if he can lead United into Friday's draw for the Champions League quarter-finals.

Victory over City next week won't hurt either.

But he is running out of chances to show there is light at the end of the tunnel.

And if United are dumped out of the Champions League this week, it will take more than a smile and a kind word to save his job.

All quotes obtained first-hand.