Had David Moyes showed signs of progress during his first season as Manchester United manager it is likely that the board and fans would have shown more patience.
The club were determined not to become a "sacking club" so persevered with Moyes longer than any club would. To drop six places after spending £60m is an awful return and despite Moyes' claims today that the squad needed "fundamental rebuilding", these players were good enough to win the league weeks before the end of the season last year.
Following his sacking yesterday, David Moyes has given a statement which has been released by the League Managers Association, which reads: "To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.
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Everyone's current favourite German and perhaps the most talented player in what is a star studded national team. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been in incredible form for a number of years now. Having scored 57 goals in the Bundesliga for his current and former side (Borussia Mönchengladbach) he is fast becoming one of the more prolific players in behind the striker.
Scott talks to BT Sport about Moyes' sacking.
Scott writes for The Metro about the temporary appointment of Giggs.
The Guardian discusses possible replacements.
The Telegraph reports on the return of the Class of '92.
The Independent talks about Keane's accusations for United players.
As was reported yesterday, David Moyes is no longer Manchester United manager.
The club released a short statement at 8.30am this morning saying: "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.
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Scott writes for The Metro about who should replace Moyes.
The Guardian discusses sacking Moyes.
The Telegraph reckons Klopp is the man for the job.
ESPN talks about why United sack managers.
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During United's 2-0 defeat against Everton yesterday, the man David Moyes appointed to be our assistant manager was seen with a little booklet. "Set Plays".
Reports this afternoon suggest that Moyes is about to lose his job.
As we hurtle ever quicker to a world in which Liverpool and their favourite racist, Luis Suarez, become Premier League champions for the first time ever, there are several things that you might wish to consider. The first, most obvious one, is suicide if you're dead, you can't hear You'll Never Walk Alone, for instance.
Today Republik Of Mancunia is using Fandio for the second time, a cutting-edge interactive audio broadcast of the game, where fans can experience the live match together. The audio broadcast will commence at 15.50pm UK time once the chat room opens.
There are several ways to get involved;
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Rumours this morning suggest that Danny Welbeck is prepared to leave the club this summer. The lad from Longsight splits opinion amongst reds and whilst this is a concept I struggle with, given that he loves the club, has spent his life dreaming of playing for United and is still young enough to deserve patience, I too would like to see him score more goals.
Juan Mata has reflected on his first few months as a Manchester United player but says that he has had no surprises. He knew when he joined the club that it was going to be a difficult season but has been given enough assurances about the future not to worry.
"I knew these six months were going to be difficult," said Mata.
Scott writes for Bleacher Report about the key battles at Goodison Park.
Scott writes for The Metro about Gundogan's contract extension.
The Telegraph reckons Moyes won't get a good reception on Sunday.
Pride of all Europe looks at the young players that can join the first team next season.
With reports in the press suggesting that David Moyes could lose his job at the end of the season and be replaced with a manager with a proven European pedigree, Juan Mata has urged everyone at United to stick together and not look to point the finger of blame.
"We have to be together," said Mata.