David Moyes endured arguably the toughest night of his Manchester United career on Dec. 4, a day that will be forever remembered for Everton breaking their 20-year curse at Old Trafford with a late goal from Bryan Oviedo.
The Scottish manager—who failed to beat the Red Devils on their own turf in 11 years with Everton—was helpless as the Toffees punished his squad of strugglers for failing to capitalise on earlier chances.
Away supporters made the most of the situation and chanted that Moyes was "full of sh*t" throughout the match, something their former boss didn't take seriously, per Alan Nixon of the Mirror:
"It wasn’t important," said Moyes. "Everton supporters supported their team all night."
A £28 million joint-bid for the pair was outlined as "derisory and insulting" by the Blues' director of communications, Alan Myers, per BBC Sport. Although Fellaini eventually joined for a hefty £27.5 million, Baines' signature was nowhere to be seen.
Manchester United have yet to win a game in which Marouane Fellaini has started.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) December 5, 2013
Ironically, it was another left-back who condemned Moyes' men to their fourth defeat of the season.
Oviedo—who is currently filling in for the injured Baines, per Holly Gillett of Goal.com—produced the sucker punch with less than five minutes to go, summing up Everton's fearless attacking play with an ambitious run down the flank.
United now reside 12 points off the pace and will find it mightily difficult to catch Arsenal at the top.
The Gunners have dropped just eight points in 14 games, suggesting United must win all of their remaining matches to even finish close, a task that becomes even more daunting when you consider the rest of the top six grabbed victories during the midweek fixtures.
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Moyes' team have failed to win any of their last three domestic games and will be avidly awaiting the onset of January's transfer window.
It's clear United need an injection of world-class talent across the pitch if they are to be rendered anything other than a mid-table club this campaign.
Everton's victory makes their former manager's job that little bit more difficult. Moyes' credentials will be ribbed, belittled and dismissed in the aftermath—as they have been all season—but it's an important time for United fans to band together in support of their club.