I was eleven years old when Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. At the time, I was not aware of treble implications, David Beckham's unanticipated introduction into the starting eleven, or even Sir Alex's construction of a football dynasty. The only thing I understood was that the team in red never gave up, never surrendered, and never lost faith.
Manchester United announced on Tuesday that they have fired manager David Moyes after a disappointing first season and Ryan Giggs will serve as head coach of the club on an interim basis.
Moyes more than struggled to replace legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson this season, failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995 and enduring an inconsistent and subpar year that will see Man Utd finish with their lowest-ever points total in the Premiership.
While most of the media coverage today will be on all of the mistakes that Manchester United and Moyes have made in the past 12 months now that Moyes' reign has come to an end, let's take a look at five of the highlights of his short career in charge of the Red Devils:
5. Manchester United vs Wigan (Community Shield) – August 11, 2013
Had it been any other trophy, it surely would be #1 on the list.
Despite scoring first against Bayern Munich both home and away, Manchester United were totally outclassed over the two legs, and the gulf between both sides was plain to see, where the best Manchester United could do was to block their penalty area with eight players in hopes of stifling Bayern.
After losing 4-2 on aggregate to Manchester United, and exiting the UEFA Champions League, the season for the Red Devils is effectively over.
Manchester United scouts have been watching PSV right-back Santiago Arias, according to reports. We reported in March that United were being linked with the Colombia international and it seems they are now stepping up that interest. The Red Devils have had the 22-year-old watched on several occasions in recent weeks, claims Dutch website Voetbal [.
We beat Manchester United in early December at Old Trafford 1-0, and that was the first time we had beaten the Red Devils in that fixture since 1973, and the last time we had beaten the Red Devils twice in the league we estimated at around 100 years and of course that was tongue [...]
Manchester United, having gone into the match tasked with avoiding further humiliation in this most abject of seasons, produced a hugely spirited display and will be disappointed to head to Munich next Wednesday with merely a 1-1 draw to show for their efforts.
That the Red Devils produced such a result against the odds attributes a lot to their counter-attacking game-plan.
It was really bad news this morning to read that it looks like Loic Remy is a real doubt for the home game against Manchester United on Saturday, because his return to the side could have provided the big spark needed to get a result against the Red Devils, who are nothing like the teams [...]
One of England's biggest matches of the season kicks off today under unfamiliar circumstances with the current Premier League title-holders playing against the team that is battling to win the title, while the red half of Manchester are fighting to finish in a European qualification spot.
Today's Manchester derby gives United an ideal opportunity to smash City's title chances, while finishing the season with some pride as long as Red Devils manager David Moyes can get his team into Europe by the end of the season.
Manchester United will look to continue their winning form as they face local rivals and noisy neighbours Manchester City tomorrow at Old Trafford in the last derby game of this season. After two convincing wins against Olympiakos and West Ham United, the Red Devils will hope to take this winning mentality and momentum to beat title contenders City.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has his back against the wall if some media reports are to be believed. Despite signs that the manager was beginning to get the Red Devils turned in the right direction, time and again when the big tests have come his side has failed. The latest defeat was a shocking capitulation at Old Trafford against Liverpool, the club's biggest rival.
Nineteen years after Eric Cantona kung fu kicked a spectator in the crowd at Selhurst Park, Manchester United return to Crystal Palace in a much different scenario. That season, Crystal Palace were relegated while Manchester United lost the title on the final day of the season to Blackburn Rovers.
Wayne Rooney has finally put speculation around his Manchester United future to rest by signing a 4 year contract extension with the Red Devils. It is now official that Rooney will stay at the club until June 2019, giving him an "outstanding chance" to become club's all-time goalscorer. The new deal also provides Rooney an opportunity to become a club ambassador when he retires from the
Darren Bent scored in the fourth minute of added time in the Fulham game at Manchester United on Sunday, and once again the Red Devils slipped up badly and got only one point in their home game against bottom of the league Fulham. David Moyes struggling Manchester United manager That put Manchester United only [.
Yohan Cabaye is a better central midfield player than Manchester United have at their club at the moment, so in that way if the Red Devils bid for the Newcastle star midfielder and were successful, they would improve their current side which seems surprisingly ordinary this season, and just one point better off than [.
Plans for Manchester United's tour of the United States this summer for a series of friendlies in mid-July could be disrupted if the Red Devils fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and have to play in the early rounds of UEFA Europa League qualification, depending on where the club finishes in the league this season.
Whilst Manchester United manager David Moyes is still trying to get used to being manager of the biggest club in the world, I have been adapting to life as a married man. My darling wife has zero interest in English football, to the extent that she thinks Peter Crouch is famous for being married to Abbey Clancey.
David Moyes was courageous in his tactics today attempting to take the game to a Chelsea side that has never lost a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho. The tactics that led to an open game were not typically what we see from a Moyes side away from home, but with the Red Devils excellent recent record on their travels, they could have been fancied to get something today.
Manchester United's midfielder from Ecuador, Antonio Valencia, showed his professionalism and skills off Saturday at Old Trafford by scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win over Swansea City.
After a scoreless first half while playing without stars Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney and their team stuck in the middle of the pack in the EPL standings, there were lingering doubts for fans of the Red Devils.
The media frenzy about David Moyes's ability to handle the Manchester United job has reached a boiling point with countless tabloid articles and speculation about the manager's future. But as a supporter of a rival club who enjoys seeing the Red Devils suffer, let me explain why I have a soft spot for Moyes and ultimately would like to see him succeed in some way.
With their chances of an English Premier League title growing dimmer by the week and their elimination from the FA Cup last Saturday, Manchester United enter the first leg of the League Cup semifinals knowing that it could be their best chance at bringing home silverware this season.
If you simply read posts on social media, you'd believe a majority of Manchester United fans want David Moyes sacked. But when you interact with thoughtful long-term supporters of the club, you realize the sentiments on the Internet do not represent the ethos of the club or its long-term supporters.
Yes, it might sound a bit melodramatic, but even when you factor in the natural teething problems at the beginning of a new manager's tenure, surely Man Utd's fall from grace, particularly at home, is putting the pressure on David Moyes.
With retention of the Premier League title pretty much out of the question, the FA Cup could have provided the Red Devils with a bit of glory this season.
Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney is unwilling to discuss a possible contract extension partly because the 28-year-old wants to see whether the Red Devils will qualify for the UEFA Champions League at the end of this season.
Rooney has been stalling talks for several months, and will reportedly discuss his future at United after the World Cup this summer.
For the second consecutive season, Tottenham Hotspur held off a furious Manchester United rally to claim three points at Old Trafford. But unlike last season when the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson would cruise to the league title, this season the club is wobbling badly particularly at home.
Manchester United entered today's match on a six match winning streak in all competitionsagainst an underachieving Spurs side.
David Moyes has been the subject of much derision this season. But as the epic Boxing Day comeback against Hull City indicates, the reigning champions have plenty of fight in them. The character demonstrated by the Wayne Rooney captained side at the KC Stadium was a shot across the bow to the teams ahead of the Red Devils in the table.
Much of the frustration and analysis of casual observers regarding Manchester United's dip in form this season has been around new manager David Moyes. But the analysis has failed to recognize the slip in competitive position in the transfer market inflicted by the club's American owners.
The Red Devils commercial revenues worldwide are roughly similar to Barcelona or Bayern Munich, but both of those clubs have twice or three times the spending power of United currently.
Manchester United fans may just have to suffer for their team like the rest of us have done at Newcastle for many years, and some didn't take too kindly to Newcastle beating the Red Devils yesterday, as they streamed out of the ground before the end of the game, and booed the team off at [...]
Both Manchester United and Newcastle United had a midweek to forget as David Moyes charges falling to his former club Everton at Old Trafford for the first time since 1992, while Newcastle were soundly beaten by Swansea at the Liberty stadium despite the absentee's of Michu and Bony but it didn't stop Alan Pardew picking up the Manager of the Month for November and with that taken on board and the lack of wins at Old Trafford I'd go for a comfortable home win for the Red Devils.
Why Fellaini needs to step it up against Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wednesday evening was one of great significance to Everton. The Toffees' board had the job of replacing David Moyes in the summer their manager of 11 years but this week the Merseyside club had the opportunity to face up against the man who left them for Manchester United.
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs turns 40 today. On March 2, 1991 Giggs made his league debut (as a substitute) for the Red Devils against Everton at Old Trafford. After breaking into the first team at a young age of 17, he has never looked back since. Giggs made his full Manchester United debut in the Manchester derby on May 4, 1991.
Nobody ever said it would be easy, but David Moyes' first half a season in charge at Old Trafford has been nothing short of disastrous. However relieving the Scot of his duties is not the answer although it has become obvious that the Red Devils need to bring in some new faces and offload some deadwood.
Everyone at Old Trafford and indeed throughout football, if not the wider world, knew that Matt Busby was obsessed with winning the European Cup. He never put it into words but everyone assumed he saw it as the only possible way of vindicating his original decision to enter Europe back in 1956, with all its tragic consequences two years later.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney took to twitter to lash out at Martin Tyler and Graeme Souness regarding commentary made during the Red Devils 2-2 draw at Cardiff City on Sunday. Rooney even referred to the former Liverpool legend Souness as "Sourness."