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‘The Chosen One’ banner of David Moyes taken down by Manchester United

The Chosen One

It’s an obvious move but a noteworthy one nonetheless, ‘The Chosen One’ banner of David Moyes has been removed by Manchester United following his sacking earlier this week.

The banner was erected at the Stretford End at the start of the season as a sign of support for Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement. After a questionable transfer market and a string of difficult home losses to Everton, West Brom and Newcastle, the banner became a symbol of discomfort for United fans and a source of ridicule for opposing fans.

Now with Moyes out and Ryan Giggs in as interim manager, the banner has been removed from Old Trafford. What will become of the banner is a source of intrigue.

“It’s something we’re going to think about carefully. We may offer it to the National Football Museum or auction it off for charity,” Andrew Kilduff, the Stretford End Flags co-founder, told the Manchester Evening News. “It got a lot of coverage. But there are no regrets about it. Old Trafford is filled with symbolism so there is no hiding place for a manager.”

The National Football Museum would seem a likely destination but a spokesman appeared to rule out the banner noting space restrictions.

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