Manchester United manager David Moyes has written an open letter to the club’s season ticket holders, thanking them for their unwavering support while also admitting he never foresaw a difficult season for the Premier League champions.
Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson, who ended his 26 years as United boss by winning a 13th league title, on 1 July.
However, United lie seventh after only 13 wins from 27 Premier League games.
“While I knew that this job would be a challenge when I took it on, the difficult season we have experienced was not something that I envisaged, which I am sure is the case as well for you supporters – and my players, staff and I am desperate to compensate for that,” Moyes said in the letter.
League defeats at the use-to-be-a-fortress Old Trafford by West Brom, Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham are part of eight game losses suffered in Moyes’ first reign in a disappointing season that has seen the side lose out of the FA Cup to Swansea and trail 2-0 in the round of 16 of the Uefa Champions League against Greek champions Olympiacos.
“You are accustomed to seeing a successful Manchester United and the backing you have given the players and me throughout the season has been incredible,” Moyes continued in his letter.
“Away from home the travelling fans have remained the best in the country, while at Old Trafford your unwavering faith has been noticeable and hugely welcomed.
“Supporting your team when they are winning is easy, but much harder when things are not going as well, and the loyalty you have shown us has been magnificent.
“I have absolutely no doubt we will see great winning sides here again.”
He said that United needed to transform “Old Trafford back into the fortress it has long been renowned as, and we will do everything in our power to get the positive performances and results to do that”.