David Moyes sacked: 10 reasons why it has gone so wrong for the manager at Manchester United
United owners finally lose patience in their beleaguered boss
It has been a season of despair for David Moyes, who has been sacked by Manchester United after the club lost patience with him.
Here are 10 reasons why it went so wrong for Moyes at United:
1 He was appointed by Ferguson
Taking over from the great man was too much to bear, and with the manager constantly watching from the stands, the "Chosen One" always had an impossible task.
2 His back-room staff
Out went Ferguson's experienced team of Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele, in came Moyes trusted assistants from Everton - Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden.
3 Does Rooney have more power?
While Ferguson's stance was always that no player is bigger than the club, it did not take long for Rooney to be given a new £300k per week contract, with reported demands including that he should be the next captain.
4 'Overtraining' RVP
Van Persie has been blighted by injuries this season, and is it because of Moyes? The Dutch fitness coach, Raymond Verheijen, claimed the manager had "overtrained" the striker during pre-season.
5 Buying Mata
While the £37m transfer of Mata was needed as the club's marquee signing, would the money not have been better spent on a top defender or central midfielder?
6 The Mata, RVP and Rooney conundrum
When all three of United's attacking triumvirate are playing, Mata has to occupy the left-wing berth, having far less impact than he has through the middle. It was a conundrum that Moyes was never able to solve.
7 Transfer woes
Moyes managed to spend over £60m during his short time in charge, but accrued just two players with the huge layout and neither boosted his cause. Baines and Fabregas et al were linked, but the moves could not be pushed through.
8 Fellaini's anonymity
Although Moyes ended up spending £4m more than he should have after missing out on Fellaini's £23.5m release clause, he did sign a player who was the outstanding player from his final two years at Everton. That player has yet to play for him at United.
9 Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all improved during the summer
United may have won the league last season, but that was against far weaker rivals than this term. Arsenal brought in Ozil, Mourinho rejoined Chelsea, Manchester City signed Negredo and Pellegrini became their manager. It is a tougher playing field than what Ferguson enjoyed straight away.
10 He (still) cannot win at a top team
After taking over at United, many thought that Moyes would surely win away for the first time at a traditional top four team (Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool) in the Premier League. But this curse continued - he is now up to 49 league matches without a win at those clubs, with 30 losses and 19 draws.
Latest in Sport
Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City: £58m deal hits the rocks as Wolfsburg admits they're 'in no rush' to sell former Chelsea midfielder
Pogba to Chelsea: Blues set to smash British spending record with £70m midfielder and £34m John Stones
Usain Bolt taken out by clumsy photographer on Segway during victory lap after World Championships 200m win over Justin Gatlin
Club Brugge 0 Manchester United 4 player ratings: Wayne Rooney scores hat-trick, but who impressed in Champions League tie?
Javier Hernandez: Great night for Manchester United, terrible night for Chicharito
- 1 Video of Irish 'professional boxer' fighting Istanbul neighbourhood goes viral in Turkey
- 3 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 4 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs