Champions League: Last stand of... The Chosen One

Champions League: Last stand of... The Chosen One
(From left to right) Manchester United's Robin Van Persie, manager David Moyes and Ryan Giggs laugh as Darren Fletcher jumps for the ball during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester on Tuesday.

David Moyes' time is running out.

The fans, while continuing to show defiant support to Manchester United during matches, are losing patience fast.

The board, who have backed manager Moyes throughout this hideous debut season, are reported to be "nervous".

The players, abject for much of the year, are rumoured to be losing faith in their manager.

If ever there was a time for a famous fightback, for a great European night, it is now.

United's supporters believed that they had seen the worst of their team in the first leg of this tie.

That wretched 0-2 defeat to Olympiakos was spellbindingly terrible, a masterclass of incompetence. And then came Sunday, and Liverpool, and a new low.

As has been said many times this season, it wasn't the scoreline that hurt, it was the performance.

Even with three penalties and a dubious red card, it still couldn't be said that United deserved anything other than defeat.

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