Wednesday 22 November 2017

The figures from David Moyes' season from hell

David Moyes has been sacked by Manchester United
David Moyes has been sacked by Manchester United

David Moyes was appointed on the personal recommendation of Sir Alex Ferguson who retired at the end of last season after 26 years in the job having steered Manchester United to the title for the 13th time in his reign and 20th time overall.

Despite being hand-picked as Ferguson's successor by the man himself, the 50-year-old Scot struggled to convince from the start and quickly found himself facing questions about his suitability for the role.

The honeymoon period was desperately brief - victory over Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield, a 4-1 success at Swansea City on the Premier League season's opening day, and then the wheels came off.

By the end of September, United had lost at Liverpool, been humbled 4-1 at Manchester City, and gone down at home to West Bromwich Albion for the first time since 1978.

 By New Year's Day, they were 11 points off the pace in the league. By late January they were out of both domestic cup competitions.

Elimination from the Champions League by Bayern Munich on April 9 effectively brought their season to an end.

Here are the statistics which reveal a team in decline.

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31.2 per cent: Percentage of Manchester United's passes played in the final third - 10 teams had better records

8: Teams who have won more home league games than United - including Crystal Palace and Stoke

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