Preview: United v Norwich City

Class of 92

Ding dong Moyes has gone! What better way to head into a new, albeit temporary, era than under Ryan Giggs’ stewardship – the essence of Manchester United restored after a turbulent season. Giggs may well be a managerial novice – he is not going to be offered the job permanently – but there are few […]

Preview: Everton v United

David Moyes, Roberto Martinez

It is the longest running saga in Manchester United’s history – the 188th time the Reds have faced Everton since the teams first met in 1892. Everton hammered Newton Heath 6-0 at Goodison Park that September to set up an unbeaten run against ‘United’ that would last 15 years. More than a century on and […]

Preview: Newcastle United v United

Danny Welbeck

Anything less than a win at St. James’ Park and it will be mathematically impossible for Manchester United to retain the Premier League crown this season. There is, then, still hope for those of the most optimistic bent. For the rest, gallows humour has long since taken over in the worst United campaign of the […]

Preview: United v Aston Villa

Nani Aston Villa

These are increasingly desperate times for David Moyes. It is not just that the Scot has presided over 13 defeats in all competitions this season as Manchester United’s campaign disintegrated, but the abject manner in which they have come. None more so than United’s defeat to crosstown rivals Manchester City on Tuesday night, which was […]

From first to nowhere in less than a year

Yaya Toure

One bad season does not equal a trend. It is an observation worth remembering as Manchester United’s campaign inevitably unravels over the next fortnight. Yet, it was not so much the Reds’ 10th defeat of an embarrassing Premier League campaign that hurt on Tuesday night, but the way United capitulated to Manchester City at Old […]

Preview: United v Manchester City

Manchester United v Manchester City

What a difference seven days makes. Sunday week, Manchester United’s season had unravelled and manager David Moyes was living on borrowed time less than a year into the job. Following humiliating submission to Liverpool at Old Trafford even the most patient observers had seemingly drawn a line under the former Everton manager’s time at the […]

Smiles better for Moyes but true tests to come

Wayne Rooney, West Ham goal

It was a phenomenal effort, arching high over Adrián del Castillo’s head, bouncing once before catching the top of the net at the Bobby Moore end. Neither true volley, nor half, Wayne Rooney’s goal at Upton Park on Saturday is the kind that could spark a season into life. Yet, David Moyes’ celebration at Rooney’s […]

Preview: West Ham United v United

Adnan Januzaj, West Ham United

David Moyes can’t win. Certainly not off the pitch where the Scot has been repeatedly criticised for his bizarre approach to media relations this season. Little over a week ago Moyes publicly mused that Liverpool was favourite to emerge victorious at Old Trafford, and the former Everton boss took more than a little heat for […]

Preview: United v Liverpool

Robin van Persie

One might hope by now that David Moyes’ confidence was such have that the Scot had grown a metaphorical pair. Not so, with Moyes seemingly more out of his depth with each passing week spent at Old Trafford. Even victory over West Bromwich Albion last weekend – and a comfortable one at that – has […]

RVP under pressure as Liverpool looms

Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie

One of the most telling insights into David Moyes’ thinking came when the Scot told a reporter that he excluded Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic from Manchester United’s trip to West Bromwich Albion to “keep Rio and Vida for games coming up.” Managers should never to be judged by press activity alone, but the former […]