Saturday 20 December 2014

The 10 damning statistics that tell the tale of David Moyes' painful first season in charge

James Orr

Published 26/02/2014 | 14:51

Manchester United's coach David Moyes reacts during a Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match against Olympiakos at Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, February 25, 2014.    REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's coach David Moyes reacts during a Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match against Olympiakos

Manchester United's woeful 2-0 defeat at Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday night marked another painful record in a season of painful records for David Moyes - it was the first time ever in a European competition that United lost to a Greek team.

It was the latest in a long line of unwanted statistics that their beleaguered boss Moyes, in his first season at Old Trafford as the great Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement, has had to hear throughout the campaign.

United have 45 points after 27 Premier League matches this season, 23 points fewer than they had at this stage last season when they won the Premier League. They were also 12 points clear at the top of the league.

It is United's lowest ever total at this stage in a Premier League season, and their worst since 1990-91 (41), when they finished sixth under Ferguson.

There is not even the FA Cup left to provide a ray of light for Moyes' season - his side have already been knocked out of the competition in the third round for only the second time in 30 years, by Swansea City in January.

1. Man United 1 West Brom 2 (28 Sept)

West Brom won at Old Trafford for the first time since 1978. None of the Baggies squad that day were born when they had previously won at United

2. Man United 0 Everton 1 (4 Dec)

Bryan Oviedo's goal gave Everton their first victory at Old Trafford for 21 years

3. Man United 0 Newcastle 1 (7 Dec)

Yohan Cabaye scores as Newcastle end their run of 41 years without a win at Old Trafford

4. Man United 1 Tottenham 2 (1 Jan)

United lose on New Year's Day for the first time in 20 years

5. Man United 1 Swansea 2 (5 Jan)

Wilfried Bony's late header sees United knocked out out of the FA Cup at the third round for only the second time in 30 years

6. Sunderland 2 Man United 1 (7 Jan)

United lose three matches in the month of January for the first time in 40 years after League Cup first-leg defeat

7. Chelsea 3 Man United 1 (19 Jan)

Samuel Eto'o became the first player to score a hat-trick against United when the club were were reigning Premier League champions

8. Stoke 2 Man United 1 (1 Feb)

Stoke defeat United in a league match for the first time in 30 years

9. Man United 2 Fulham 2 (9 Feb)

United fail to beat the team ranked at the bottom of the league since 2011

10. Olympiakos 2 Man United 0 (25 Feb)

United lose to a Greek team for the first time ever. They had previously gone unbeaten in all eight previous European matches against teams from Greece

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