The banner, which said “Wrong One – Moyes Out”, appeared above the stadium just moments after the Premier League clash kicked off, and was immediately caught on camera by broadcasters.
The disgruntled fans who paid for the message had claimed that they were speaking for the majority, but it did not feel that way inside the Red Devils’ stadium as a huge chorus of booing greeted the plane’s appearance in the clear blue skies above the ground.
The airborne message was dreamed up in response to the contentious ‘Chosen One’ banner that is on display at Old Trafford, despite calls for it to be removed in the wake of United’s increasingly troubled season under Moyes.
United fans raised £840 to hire the light aircraft to tow the new banner above Old Trafford.
After United stumbled to a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester City, there were angry protests directed against Moyes and his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.
Some fans had earlier called for the group that made the ‘Chosen One’ banner – Stretford End Flags (SEF) – to remove it following the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool almost two weeks ago.
Stewards also gathered around the banner at full-time after the City defeat to prevent it from being seized.
When asked about the proposed fly-by banner during his pre-match press conference, Moyes said:
“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.”