Manchester United sack manager David Moyes - Ryan Giggs favourite to replace him
08:47 22 April 2014
Manchester United have today confirmed they have parted company with manager David Moyes - just days before they face Norwich City in the Premier League.
Moyes has been manager at the club for less than a season after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.
The club confirmed on Tuesday morning on its Twitter account that Moyes had “left the club” after less than a season in charge. Ryan Giggs is favourite to be named interim manager.
Moyes endured a miserable time in charge, with Sunday’s 2-0 loss at his former club Everton the latest setback.
A statement from the club, released at 8:30am, read: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club.
“The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.”
A series of reports first surfaced yesterday afternoon that the Scot’s ill-fated reign as Red Devils boss would shortly be brought to an end.
Reports cited the 2-0 defeat to Moyes’ former club Everton as the final straw for the Glazer family, which owns the club. United, who won the Premier League last season in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge, are seventh in the table this time around.
The loss at Goodison Park was United’s 11th of a wretched title defence and killed off any last hopes of a return to the Champions League next season with the gap to fourth-placed Arsenal now too big to bridge.
United were knocked out of this season’s Champions League by holders Bayern Munich in the last eight, having led briefly in both legs.
They were eliminated from the FA Cup at the first hurdle by Swansea and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the semi-final stage by Sunderland.
United will end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history. They have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades.
David Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after less than 10 months in charge of Manchester United.
Here, are the lowest points from Moyes’ dismal short reign at the Old Trafford helm.
September 1 - United suffer first defeat under Moyes as Daniel Sturridge gives Liverpool victory at Anfield. Wayne Rooney misses the game with a nasty head wound after being kicked in the head accidentally by Phil Jones in training.
September 22 - Hammered 4-1 at Manchester City. This time Robin van Persie is absent with a thigh injury.
September 28 - United lose 2-1 at home to West Brom, ending the Baggies’ 35-year wait for an Old Trafford triumph.
October 19 - Concede last-minute Adam Lallana equaliser against Southampton at Old Trafford.
December 4 - Bryan Oviedo scores four minutes from time as Moyes’ former club Everton end their 21-year wait for an away win over United.
December 6 - Rio Ferdinand criticises Moyes’ policy of leaving it late to pick his teams, claiming on BT Sport: “It turns you into a madman.”
December 7 - Yohan Cabaye gets the only goal as Newcastle win at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972.
December 10 - Van Persie suffers thigh injury taking a corner against Shakhtar Donetsk, and is ruled out for seven weeks.
January 1 - Rooney plays in the defeat by Tottenham but is then ruled out for four weeks with a groin injury.
January 5 - Swansea win at Old Trafford for the first time as Wilfried Bony’s late goal sends United out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage for only the second time in 30 years.
January 7 - Defeat in Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Sunderland means a third straight loss for the first time since May 2001.
January 19 - Skipper Nemanja Vidic is sent off as United crash to defeat at Chelsea.
January 22 - United beat Sunderland 2-1 in the Capital One Cup semi-final return leg thanks to Javier Hernandez’s last-gasp effort in extra-time but come off worst in an awful penalty shoot-out, with only Darren Fletcher scoring from their five kicks.
February 1 - Stoke end their long wait for a win against United. Charlie Adam’s double gives them their first since 1984.
February 7 - Vidic confirms he will leave at the end of the season.
February 9 - United come from behind to lead bottom side Fulham at Old Trafford, but Darren Bent’s stoppage-time equaliser settles a 2-2 draw to deny the hosts all three points. Moyes describes the result as being “as bad as it gets”.
February 25 - It proves gruesome in Greece for United in the Champions League last 16 as a poor performance sees the Red Devils beaten 2-0 by Olympiacos in Piraeus.
March 16 - Another day United will want to forget in a hurry as two Steven Gerrard penalties and a Luis Suarez strike earns Liverpool a crushing 3-0 win at Old Trafford. It could have been even worse for Moyes’ men as Gerrard also hit the post with another penalty.
March 25 - United lose 3-0 to bitter rivals for the second consecutive home league game as a brace from Edin Dzeko and a late strike from Yaya Toure hands Manchester City a derby double over their city rivals. The result ensured United were guaranteed to end the season with their lowest points total in Premier League history.
April 9 - Despite an encouraging 1-1 draw in the first leg and taking the lead through Patrice Evra, the Red Devils go down 3-1 to defending champions Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Allianz Arena.
April 20 - Moyes’ return to Goodison Park is turned into a nightmare as a Leighton Baines penalty and a goal from Kevin Mirallas hand Everton a 2-0 win, a result which means United cannot qualify for the Champions League.
April 22 - Moyes is sacked by United.