Sir Alex would have struggled with this ageing Manchester United squad, says Moyes

The Scot says this season would have been tough no matter who was in charge of the club but is keen for the reigning champions to start to play better and improve their results

David Moyes says Sir Alex Ferguson would have struggled at Manchester United this season due to the club’s ageing squad.

The reigning champions are enduring a dismal campaign, currently 18 points off top spot in the Premier League having suffered 10 top flight defeats already this season.

The club’s supporters have become increasingly disillusioned in recent weeks after heavy defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City and have organised a plane banner protest to be flown above Old Trafford on Saturday

However, Moyes says his predecessor would also have struggled with the current squad and feels this was always going to be a difficult season.

“If Sir Alex was here this year it would be difficult for him as well, and he would be aware of that,” he told reporters.

“People are aware that there was a squad that was ageing, so it would be a tough season for whoever was in charge this season.

“There’s been a change from a great manager, not just a great one but one who was here for 26 years. To make that change was always going to be difficult.”

While Moyes is well aware of the planned protest on Saturday, and says supporters have the right to voice their feelings, he is remaining calm in the face of supporter unrest.

“The majority of Manchester United fans are aware of the situation and obviously we want to play better, we want to get better results,” he added.

“The best people to judge are the people who appointed me.

“They are incredibly knowledgeable. In fact, the most knowledgeable is the one who gave me that job [Ferguson].”

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