SHAMEFUL END: The David Moyes’ Old Trafford Experience
On This Day In 2014, Everton made it a miserable return to Goodison Park for former manager David Moyes as they beat Manchester United with ease to maintain their Champions League aspirations. Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas were on target as the Toffees won 2-0 in what was Moyes’ last game in-charge of the Red Devils. Moyes, who left Everton in 2013 after 11 years to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, was given a rough reception off the pitch and he was offered nothing on it to improve his mood. By previously beating the Red Devils 1-0 at Old Trafford in December 2013, the Toffees did the double over the defending champions for the first time since 1969. Four days later United announced the sacking of Moyes. He was in charge of United for 10 months, the third-shortest managerial stint in United history and the shortest in 82 years, despite calls from several respected ex-Manchester United players such as Denis Law and David Beckham calling for Moyes to be given more time at the club. At the time of his sacking, United were seventh in the Premier League table, 13 points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with four matches remaining, ensuring United would fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995 and finish outside of the top three for the first time in Premier League history.