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Moyes "desperate" for a result against Aston Villa

Manchester United's beleaguered manager has been speaking to the press ahead of Saturday's home game.

Richard Heathcote

As the weekend ticks closer, David Moyes met with the nation's press at Old Trafford to receive their questions, and deliver his answers. Fortunately for those of us that weren't there, the club's official website has presented his thought on the matter in a couple of easy-to-read summaries, the salient points of which we reproduce below for your reading pleasure. And naturally, there was only one thing anybody wanted to talk about.

Hi, David. What do you think about the planned aerial protest tomorrow?

We didn't play well in midweek and it was disappointing but going into the game, we'd played well against Olympiacos and against West Ham. So going into the game against Aston Villa I'd like to get more of the West Ham performance rather than the midweek one.

Okay, David, but what do you think about the plane that we're told will be flying overhead at kickoff?

The players know exactly what it is to play for Manchester United - they know the standards they have to set. But they're hurting as well as me and are desperate to put it right. And hopefully when we get to the game against Villa, they can show that.

Right, but David, there's going to be a plane in the sky calling for your sacking. A plane. No thoughts?

We're looking forward to it because we played really well at West Ham and if we can follow up with a similar performance, I'll be more than happy.

The plane, David! The plane!

Everywhere I go, I get great support from Manchester United supporters.

For some reason, the club's official website has completely overlooked the impending protest. How embarrassing for them! Luckily for us, Moyes's thoughts on the matter have been recorded elsewhere for posterity.

I have heard of it and what they are saying about it, but this is something which is a long journey here, this is only the start of the journey. People can do that. They are entitled to do that. We have installed surface-to-air missiles on the roof of the Sir Alex Ferguson stand and they are welcome to take their chances.

Not that last bit. Sadly.