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Monday, February 3, 2014

David Moyes and the Unwanted Records He’s Broken at Man United

In Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, Manchester United have one of the most potent attacking forces in British football. However, that was barely seen on Saturday evening against Stoke City who edged them out 2-1 in the process becoming the 8th club this season to rake in maximum points out of the reigning Premier League champions. It was always going to be a hard match against the Trotters but you would have thought United would nevertheless give a performance with the brilliance that outweighed their opponent’s combative approach. But it wasn’t to be.

Stoke City’s win was their first against the Old Trafford side since Boxing Day 1984. That was 30 years ago. It is the latest setback for United under the tutelage of David Moyes who has ‘broken’ all manner of records since taking the reins at the Greater Manchester club. The resultant effect is that United are running the risk of missing out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years as they currently trail 4th placed Liverpool by 7 points.

Here are some of the club records that the Scotsman has helped United annihilate:

  • Their 2-1 defeat against West Brom in September last year was the first time they lost to the Baggies since 1978. Back then, Ron Atkinson’s West Brom trailed 2-3 at half time but three second half goals ensured they bagged three points in what is considered as one of their greatest games in their history. Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino who netted for West Brom as well as Wayne Rooney who scored United’s only goal had not been born.

  • After the loss to West Brom came the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Moyes’ former club Everton in December 12th 2013. That was the Toffees’ first win at Old Trafford since their 3-0 success in 1992. Romelo Lukaku, who assisted Bryan Oviedo for the solitary goal win was not ever born then. David Moyes failed to win at Old Trafford in 11 years in charge of the Merseyside outfit. Roberto Martinez did it in one game.

  • The 1-0 home loss to Newcastle was the first since 1972 when Toons cruised 2-0 in a game that had the likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kid in United’s starting IX. 

  • Their defeat in the third round of the FA Cup at the hands of Swansea was their first ever home loss against the Welsh outfit in all competitions. It was also the first time the Red Devils got eliminated at that stage of the competition, something that happened only once in Sir Alex Fergusson's 27 years in charge of the club.

  • Their current home league form of four defeats is their worst in over 10 years.

  • The three loses in January to Tottenham, Sunderland and Chelsea were their first in the month for 40 years. With those matches all played in one week, the Glazers’-owned club lost three matches in a week for the first time in 22 seasons. 

  • The defeat to Sunderland in the league cup was United’s maiden, the Stadium of Lights side having failed to nick victory in the fixture in 20 previous attempts dating back to 2000. 

  • United dropped only 25 points throughout their title winning campaign last season. They have dropped 32 points from their 24 premier league matches this season.

  • Their current league position, 7th, is their lowest at this point of the season since 1988/89.

  • And there’s more to come!

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