David Moyes sacked: How a disastrous season went from bad to worse

A season of new lows will culminate in Moyes' likely departure from Old Trafford after less than a season in charge

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David Moyes has been sacked after less than a year in charge of Manchester United. In a season of lows, here are some of the now former manager's worst moments.

September 1 - United suffer a first competitive defeat under Moyes as Daniel Sturridge gives Liverpool victory at Anfield. Wayne Rooney misses the game with a nasty head wound after being kicked in the head accidentally by Phil Jones in training.

September 22 - Beaten 4-1 at Manchester City. This time Robin van Persie is absent with a thigh injury.

September 28 - United lose 2-1 at home to West Brom, ending the Baggies' 35-year wait for an Old Trafford triumph.

December 4 - Bryan Oviedo scores four minutes from time as Moyes' former club Everton end their 21-year wait for an away win over United.

December 6 - Rio Ferdinand criticises Moyes' policy of leaving it late to pick his teams, claiming on BT Sport: "It turns you into a madman."


December 7 - Yohan Cabaye gets the only goal as Newcastle win at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972.

December 10 - Van Persie suffers thigh injury taking a corner against Shakhtar Donetsk, and is ruled out for seven weeks.

January 1 - Rooney plays in the defeat by Tottenham but is then ruled out for four weeks with a groin injury.

January 5 - Swansea win at Old Trafford for the first time as Wilfried Bony's late goal sends United out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage for only the second time in 30 years.

January 7 - Defeat in Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Sunderland means a third straight loss for the first time since May 2001.

January 19 - Skipper Nemanja Vidic is sent off as United crash to defeat at Chelsea.

January 22 - United beat Sunderland 2-1 in the Capital One Cup semi-final return leg thanks to Javier Hernandez's last-gasp effort in extra-time but come off worst in an awful penalty shoot-out.

February 1 - Stoke end their long wait for a win against United. Charlie Adam's double gives them their first since 1984.

February 7 - Vidic confirms he will leave at the end of the season.

February 9 - United come from behind to lead bottom side Fulham at Old Trafford, but Darren Bent's stoppage-time equaliser for the visitors secures a 2-2 draw. Moyes describes the result as being "as bad as it gets".

February 25 - It proves gruesome in Greece for United in the Champions League last 16 as a poor performance sees the Red Devils beaten 2-0 by Olympiacos.

March 16 - Two Steven Gerrard penalties and a Luis Suarez strike earn Liverpool a 3-0 win at Old Trafford. Gerrard also hit the post with another penalty.

March 25 - United lose 3-0 to bitter rivals for the second consecutive home league game as two Edin Dzeko goals and a late strike from Yaya Toure hand Manchester City a derby double. The result ensured United were guaranteed to end the season with their lowest points total in Premier League history.

April 9 - Despite an encouraging 1-1 draw in the first leg and taking the lead through Patrice Evra, the Red Devils go down 3-1 to defending champions Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Allianz Arena.

April 20 - Moyes' return to Goodison Park is turned into a nightmare as Leighton Baines' penalty and a goal from Kevin Mirallas give Everton a 2-0 win - a result which confirms United cannot qualify for the Champions League.