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Charting the Low Points of David Moyes' Manchester United Career

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentMarch 31, 2014

Charting the Low Points of David Moyes' Manchester United Career

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    David Moyes' first season in charge of Manchester United has been tough going.

    He inherited a team that had won the Premier League title by 11 points. But United have spent much of the season lurching from crisis to crisis.

    With a little more than a month on the season left, they are in severe danger of missing out on a place in next year's Champions League.

    They could even miss out on a place in Europe all together if they can't finish at least sixth in the table and book a spot in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League.

    Moyes has had to endure a series of lows during his first season at Old Trafford.

    Here, in chronological order, is a list of his worst days.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to add your own.

The Summer Transfer Window

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    Some of Moyes' problems can be traced back to the summer transfer window.

    Not only did he replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, but Ed Woodward took over from David Gill as United's chief executive.

    It meant United struggled to get off to a fast start in the transfer market and Moyes' only signing came in the final hours of deadline day when Marouane Fellaini arrived from Everton.

    At best, the summer window was a missed opportunity to freshen up a creaking squad. At worst, it was a disaster.

Liverpool Away

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    Moyes' United reign got off to a flying start with a 4-1 win at Swansea.

    But his first defeat came at Anfield in just his third league game.

    Any defeat to Liverpool is bad enough. But United's toothless performance had many supporters concerned very early in the season.

    It also highlighted Moyes' poor record at Anfield while in charge of Everton. In 11 years, he never won a game at Liverpool, Arsenal, United or Chelsea.

Manchester City Away

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    Back-to-back wins after the defeat to Liverpool were cause for cautious optimism.

    But that disintegrated inside 50 minutes at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City ran riot in the first derby of the season and were 4-0 up shortly after half-time.

    The only surprise was they didn't add more before the final whistle, with Wayne Rooney grabbing a consolation for United three minutes from time.

West Brom Home

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    United and Moyes hit back after the derby defeat by knocking Liverpool out of the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford.

    But they hadn't turned a corner. West Bromwich Albion arrived at Old Trafford without a win there since 1978. 

    But it proved to be the start of Moyes' unwanted knack of breaking unfavourable records. And the beginning of United's poor home form that has marred this season.

December

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    Early December was another low point for United's new manager.

    First, Everton arrived at Old Trafford and won 1-0. It was made even more miserable for Moyes after Roberto Martinez achieved in his first season what the Scot couldn't in 11 years.

    United were expected to hit back immediately. But in the next game, Newcastle came to Old Trafford and also won 1-0 to cap a miserable week for Moyes.

FA Cup Third Round

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    Despite United's Premier League form steadily unravelling, there was still hope that Moyes could salvage something in the domestic cup competitions.

    But United's FA Cup run ended at the first hurdle when Swansea dumped them out in the third round.

    Javier Hernandez equalised after Wayne Routledge had put Swansea in front. But, after Fabio had been sent off, Wilfried Bony scored the winner in the 90th minute.

     

Capital One Cup Semi-Final

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    After losing the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against relegation-threatened Sunderland, United were expected to put things right in the second leg at Old Trafford.

    But it didn't go as planned.

    United needed a last-gasp goal to force extra time and penalties. But the lack of confidence running through the squad was evident as they lost the shootout and missed out on a Wembley final against Manchester City.

Olympiacos Away

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    Moyes thought he had got lucky in the draw for the Champions League second round when United were paired with Olympiacos.

    But the first leg turned into a nightmare, with the Greek champions winning 2-0.

    It was one of United's worst performances of the season. But, on the bright side, it facilitated one of Moyes' high points when United overturned the deficit in the second leg at Old Trafford to set up a quarter-final with Bayern Munich.

Liverpool Home

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    Sir Alex Ferguson spent more than 20 years trying to knock Liverpool off their perch.

    But in one afternoon, it felt like United had once again slipped behind their fierce rivals.

    Liverpool were far superior and the United fans were reduced to defiantly singing "20 times, 20 times Man United" for the final 15 minutes, during which time Luis Suarez scored the third.

    It didn't help that Liverpool's 3-0 win fired their unlikely title charge.

Manchester City Home

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    Even in a disappointing season, the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford was a new low.

    City were dominant and United were appalling on the night.

    And it was the night the first cracks began to appear in United's match-going support with one or two fans berating Moyes as they left the stadium after another woeful display.

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