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Manchester United Poll Shows Fans Blame Sir Alex Ferguson More Than David Moyes

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 24:  Sir Alex Ferguson speaks during a press conference as he is appointed UEFA Coaching Ambassador at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on January 24, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Dan BrettContributor IIISeptember 24, 2016

A vast majority of Manchester United fans blame Sir Alex Ferguson and not manager David Moyes for the club's current plight.

According to the Mirror's David McDonnell, a poll held within club fanzine Red Issue has revealed that 40.57 percent of supporters hold their former boss accountable for on-pitch failures. In contrast, Moyes was blamed by only 17.45 percent of those polled. 

Red Issue's Blame Poll at Manchester United
Who is to blame?Percentage
Sir Alex Ferguson40.57%
The Owners32.55%
David Moyes17.45%
The Players4.25%
The Suits (i.e, Woodward, Gill etc)3.77%
The Support1.42%
Mirror.co.uk

Sitting 18 points behind league leaders Chelsea, Manchester United look out of the running for the top four and face a gruelling Champions League match with Olympiakos on Wednesday.

Should they fail to overturn the 2-0 deficit and crash out, fans may call for Moyes' head, but until then, he's not their top target for team turmoil.

As tweeted by ESPN FC, Moyes' win ratio has remained consistent from a similar spell at Everton last season:

However, this time one year ago, United were top of the table with 74 points—holding a 15-point gap over second-placed Manchester City.

Speaking with Adam Marshall of the club's official website, Moyes stated his belief that the players must start giving back to the fans and hopes that success is just around the corner:

The support inside Old Trafford has been phenomenal. The players would tell you that was the first thing I mentioned to them after Liverpool. I told them we have to start giving something back and start performing. [...]

I think the fans have seen some defeats this season they wouldn't have expected and they've stuck with the team throughout. They've seen great success at Manchester United and they'll see great success in the future. It will rise again and hopefully it's not too long.

Moyes' men take on the Greek side in the Champions League at Old Trafford, noting that defeat would likely leave them without European football next season.

Defeat could also, according to the Mirror, see "The Chosen One" banner removed from the Stretford End as the 50-year-old's support continues to waiver.

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However, astonishingly, only 4.25 percent blame the players for the club's plight, despite being the personnel that really can influence on-pitch matters.

Ferguson hand-picked his successor, which is why he can partly be held accountable for the club's current woes. He also left behind an ageing squad with a distinct lack of midfield depth.

Should United succumb to defeat on Wednesday, though, it will be Moyes in the firing line and, per McDonnell's article, the board will review his position.

 

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