Going, going, GONE! Moyes shown Red at Old Trafford
They were big boots to fill for anyone, Sir Alex Ferguson, the Man, the Myth, the Legend no one really could replace him. And it seems the successor, chosen by Ferguson personally; David Moyes just wasn’t up to the task of managing the biggest club in the world. The Scot was shown the door, this morning at an early meeting at the clubs Carrington training ground by Chief Executive Ed Woodward.
It looks like the final straw came for the clubs owners, the Glazer brothers when United lost away to Everton; Moyes’ previous club. The 2-0 defeat was as it seems Moyes’ final nail in the coffin as to what could be described as a disastrous tenancy at the head of Manchester United. Last season Premier League winners, now languish in 7th place, a position the team are not used to sitting in. They are currently 13 points off fourth place which would see them secure Champions League, however the club don’t even look likely to qualify for the Europa League.
At 8am this morning Chief executive Ed Woodward arrived at Carrington to inform, Moyes face to face that he was no longer needed at the club. However it wasn’t shocking news to the Scot, who already knew that the end was neigh. He had thanked club staff at the training complex in anticipation of his departure, however the players were not present at the time. The club, announced the news on their official Twitter account:
The poor statistics which were stacked up against Moyes, signed his death warrant at the club, with Sundays defeat, against Everton, was the first time since 1969/70 that the Toffees did the league double over United. The rest speak for themselves:
Man United 1 West Brom 2 (28 Sept)
For the first time since 1978 West Brom won at Old Trafford, the West Brom team, hadn’t even been born when their club last won there!
Man United 0 Everton 1 (4 Dec)
Everton’s first victory against the club, came from Bryan Oviedo’s goal, breaking the 21 year victory drought at Old Trafford.
Man United 0 Newcastle 1 (7 Dec)
Always exciting games, Newcastle ended their run of 41 years without a win at Manchester United thanks to a goal from Yohan Cabaye
Man United 1 Tottenham 2 (1 Jan)
If the team’s New Year’s resolution was to stop losing, they only lasted a few hours. Losing for the first time at home in 20 years to Tottenham.
Man United 1 Swansea 2 (5 Jan)
Swansea have had a good season, but not many thought they could go up against the mighty reds and win. But they did knocking United out of the FA Cup at the third round for only the second time in 30 years.
Sunderland 2 Man United 1 (7 Jan)
United’s loss away to Sunderland, meant that they had lost 3 matches in January for the first time in 40 years after League Cup first-leg defeat.
Chelsea 3 Man United 1 (19 Jan)
Another away game and another loss, this time to Chelsea lead by the Special One, who came close maybe to going to United. This time Samuel Eto’o got himself a great statistic and became the first player to score a hat-trick against United when the club were reigning Premier League champions.
Stoke 2 Man United 1 (1 Feb)
30 years ago Stoke defeated Manchester United and they managed to again in a league match.
Man United 2 Fulham 2 (9 Feb)
Troubled Fulham should have been an easy win, but no, United fail to beat the team ranked at the bottom of the league since 2011 #embarrassing.
Olympiakos 2 Man United 0 (25 Feb)
United had been previously unbeaten in all eight previous European matches against teams from Greece, but alas that was not a record that would be kept under Moyes, Losing to a Greek team for the first time, EVER!
Everton 2 Manchester United 0 (20 April)
For the first time since the 1969/70 season Everton Moyes’ previous club complete the league double against United.
And there ends Moyes shameful run at Manchester United.
When Sir Alex Ferguson announced near the end of last season he was to retire is was a shock to many fans, but with Mourinho unsettled, many thought the ‘Special One’ would be heading to Manchester, not back to Chelsea. However when it was announced that Ferguson himself had chosen his successor, David Moyes, many fans were left wondering if he was up to the job.
According to some reports the Glazer family did not place much trust in Moyes either, especially not with a £200million transfer kitty. Instead they let him bring in, well last minute what some would call an overpriced Fellini from Everton, who hasn’t proven his worth at the club. Then in the winter transfer market, they snagged Mata from Chelsea, who although had a slow start has seemed to prove his worth. But it wasn’t enough to keep Moyes in a job and now the club will be looking for someone else, to keep the red side of Manchester at the top.
So for now, Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs has been put in charge as interim manager for the last couple of games of the season. With reports that Holland Coach Van Gaal has been lined up as replacement with the support of Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who has experience working with the respected coach. But with a long summer, taken up with international games at the Brazilian World Cup it may be a while before we find out who will have the title as Manger of Manchester United.