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Richard Jolly profile picture Posted by Richard Jolly
Apr 22, 2014

Moyes' United stint shortest in 82 years

Take a look back at David Moyes' dramatic era with United.

David Moyes left Old Trafford with only one man who was appointed Manchester United manager having spent fewer games in charge of the club.

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The Scot, who had been given a six-year contract when he replaced the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson, was sacked on Tuesday after nine months and 49 games in charge -- a total of 295 days. No United manager had vacated his post as quickly in 82 years.

Excluding Sir Matt Busby’s caretaker spell at the helm in 1970-71, Moyes’ time was the shortest spell since Walter Crickmer’s 43-game reign in 1931-32.

But as secretary-manager Crickmer returned for a further eight years in charge, only Clarence Hilditch, who oversaw 33 games in a six-month tenure in 1926-27, has spent a shorter time in charge of United.

Moyes nevertheless had the second highest win percentage of any United manager in history -- 55.1 percent, topped only by Ferguson – but his reign was notable for many historic firsts.

Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Everton meant that the Toffees, Liverpool and Manchester City all recorded home and away league wins over United in the same season for the first time ever.

Besides meaning United took zero points from a possible 18 against their three principal north-west rivals, it ensured they only had seven from a possible 39 against the rest of the top eight.

The loss at Everton made it mathematically impossible for United to finish in the top four and they are certain to end in their lowest league position since 1991, when they came sixth.

Moyes’ reign also included United’s first ever defeat at home to Swansea and their maiden defeat to Greek opposition, Olympiakos.

In addition, Everton won at Old Trafford for the first time since 1992, West Bromwich Albion for the first time since 1978 and Newcastle for the first time since 1972 while Stoke, in defeating United at the Britannia Stadium, beat them for the first time since 1984.

In addition, United lost their two Manchester derbies by an aggregate score of 7-1, their joint heaviest ever margin of league defeats to Manchester City in a season, and equalled their heaviest home league defeat to Liverpool.

They set other Premier League records by conceding three penalties at home to Liverpool and delivering 82 crosses in February’s 2-2 draw with Fulham.

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