Thursday 25 December 2014

United's season of misery - and it could yet get worse

Published 16/03/2014 | 15:59

Manchester United's season goes from one disappointment to another.
Manchester United's season goes from one disappointment to another.

Manchester United's first season under manager David Moyes went from bad to worse on Sunday as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home to arch-rivals Liverpool.

The result further damages United's hopes of claiming a top-four finish and is the last thing the Red Devils would have wanted ahead of their crucial midweek Champions League tie against Olympiacos, where they need to overturn a 2-0 deficit to make the quarter-finals.

Here are the lowest points from Moyes' short reign so far.

September 1 - United suffer first 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 - Hammered 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.

October 19 - Concede last-minute Adam Lallana equaliser against Southampton at Old Trafford.

December 4 - Bryan Oviedo scores four minutes from time as 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 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 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, with only Darren Fletcher scoring from their five kicks.

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 settles a 2-2 draw to deny the hosts all three points. 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 in Piraeus.

March 16 - Another day United will want to forget in a hurry as two Steven Gerrard penalties and a Luis Suarez strike earns Liverpool a crushing 3-0 win at Old Trafford. It could have been even worse for Moyes' men as Gerrard also hit the post with another penalty.

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