Manchester United: David Moyes Has the Record to Break 101-Year Hoodoo at City

Rob Dawson@@RobDawsonMENManchester United CorrespondentSeptember 20, 2013

David Moyes is getting tired of talking about his firsts.

Since replacing the irreplaceable this summer, he's spoken about his first preseason friendly, his first Premier League game, his first Champions League game, his first win and his first defeat.

And he can expect more of the same with first Manchester derby on Sunday.

But, for the first time this season, United's new manager can look forward to the questions about City. 

That's because his record against the blue side of Manchester is worth talking about.

Moyes would be forgiven for dreading the comparisons with Sir Alex Ferguson. It's still too early in his reign to escape WWAD—what would Alex do?

But Moyes has enjoyed a wonderful recent record against City. And his stats are more impressive than even Ferguson's.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 30:  Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson clashes with Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on April 30,
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Since the 2010-11 season, Everton under Moyes won four out of the six games they played against City. 

Last season, they drew at the Etihad Stadium and won comfortably at Goodison Park.

Sir Alex's recent record, on the other hand, is less impressive.

In the same period, United have played City eight times, losing four, winning three and drawing once.

They've lost the last two Premier League games at Old Trafford—2-1 and 6-1. 

Moyes, meanwhile, only ever lost once at home to City during his 11 years at Everton. 

They've won the last four at Goodison Park, conceding just once.

Moyes' job now is to transfer that form from Everton to United. 

If he can, and win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, it would transform an average start to the season by United's high standards into a good one. 

It would also break a 101-year hoodoo.

(FILE PHOTO - EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image Numbers (left) 177990999 and 178918611) In this composite image a comparison has been made between David Moyes (L) , Manager of Manchester United and Manuel Pellegrini,Manager of Manchester City.
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The last permanent United manager to win their first derby at City was John Bentley in December 1912.

Jack Robson's first game at City ended in a draw in 1915. Sir Matt Busby could only manage a goalless draw in 1947.

Ron Atkinson also drew 0-0 in his first derby at City in 1981.

Ferguson's attempt was the worst of the lot, ending in a 5-1 humiliation at Maine Road in September 1989.

On Sunday in east Manchester, Moyes has the chance to do something even Sir Alex never managed. 

Compared against a man who won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles, it's a welcome opportunity.


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