David Moyes’ Record-breaking Season

Richard Jolly
February 26, 2014
(Source: Soccernet.com)

Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos on Tuesday was their first ever loss to Greek opposition, adding to the list of records and landmarks set in David Moyes’ first season at Old Trafford.

The Premier League champions have suffered also historic defeats to West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Newcastle, Swansea and Stoke.

Meanwhile, Moyes registered the club’s best away win in Europe for more than half a century, broke their transfer record and awarded the most lucrative contract ever at Old Trafford.

Here is how various milestones have been set in an eventful six months:

Aug. 11 — Manchester United 2-0 Wigan: Moyes becomes the first United manager to win a trophy in his competitive debut in charge, lifting the Community Shield courtesy of two goals from Robin van Persie.

Aug. 17 — Swansea City 1-4 Manchester United:  Moyes becomes the first United manager since Dave Sexton, who beat Birmingham 4-1 in 1977, to make a winning start in the league.

Sep. 22 — Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United: United equal their heaviest defeat at the Etihad Stadium. It is their joint biggest loss away to City since 1989.

Sept. 28 — Manchester United 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: United lose at Old Trafford to Albion for the first time in 35 years, since Ron Atkinson’s Baggies beat Sexton’s side 5-3 in 1978. United are 12th after making their worst start to a league season since 1989-90.

Nov. 27 — Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 Manchester United: Moyes records his biggest win and United’s biggest away from home in the European Cup since the Busby Babes beat Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers 6-0 in 1957, 56 years earlier.

Dec. 4 — Manchester United 0-1 Everton: Everton, who had only taken one point from their previous seven trips to Old Trafford, win away at United for the first time since the first week of the inaugural Premier League season, when they triumphed 3-0 in 1992.

Dec. 8 — Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United: Yohan Cabaye’s goal means Newcastle win at Old Trafford for the first time in 41 years. They had gone 32 games away at United without tasting victory since 1972. It means United lose successive home Premier League games for the first time since 2002.

Jan. 4 — Manchester United 1-2 Swansea: Michael Laudrup’s side knock Moyes’ team out of the FA Cup, courtesy of Wilfried Bony’s last-minute goal, as Swansea, who first visited Old Trafford in 1931, finally record their first win there. It is only the second time since 1984 that United go out of the FA Cup in the third round.

Jan. 7 — Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United: United, who were also beaten by Tottenham on New Year’s Day, lose three successive games for the first time since 2001 with defeat in the Capital One Cup semifinal first leg.

Jan. 24 — Juan Mata joins from Chelsea for 37.1 million pounds. It breaks United’s transfer record, set when Dimitar Berbatov came from Tottenham in 2008 for 30.75 million pounds. Together with the summer signing of Marouane Fellaini for 27.5 million pounds, it takes United’s spending for the season to 64.6 million pounds — another club record.

Feb. 1 — Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United: Stoke, who had only taken one point from 11 previous Premier League games against United, defeat them for the first time in the league since 1984. It means United have made their worst start to a season, over 24 league games, in the Premier League era.

Feb. 21 — Wayne Rooney signs a five-and-a-half year deal which, at 300,000 pounds per week, makes him the best paid player in United’s history. As it is worth around 85 million pounds by the time it expires in 2019, it is the biggest contract ever awarded by an English club.

Feb. 25 — Olympiakos 2-0 Manchester United: Olympiakos become the first Greek side ever to beat United in European competition.


Giggs and Rooney inspire record-breaking United

November 27, 2013 6:20:18 PM PST
By Mark Payne

David Moyes will be more than happy with the response of his team. After the grotesque buffoonery of Cardiff’s late equaliser in the 2-2 draw at the weekend, Manchester United produced their best away performance in Europe in 10 years to embarrass Bayer Leverkusen 5-0.

Central to the performance was the imperious Ryan Giggs, two days short of his 40th birthday and still tearing them apart.

Manchester United’s players wore black armbands to commemorate the recent death of Bill Foulkes, a survivor of the Munich air disaster. Forty-five years ago, Foulkes’s semifinal goal in Madrid put United into their first European Cup final and toward restoration, relief and glory following the 1958 disaster.

The relationship between Manchester United and this competition weighs upon almost every game in the tournament; Giggs knows this only too well. The veteran put in a performance that suggested he is still the best midfielder at the club and clearly relished interchanging passes with Shinji Kagawa.

Bayer Leverkusen, sandwiched between last season’s Champions’ League finalists in their domestic league, in second place, needed a home win to qualify from the group. That provided delicious motivation for the hosts and should have put a United team minus Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie under the microscope. It palpably didn’t.

With those key absences, it seemed as if Manchester United’s world, not for the first time this season, found itself resting on the shoulders of Wayne Rooney. The divisive striker, who must be getting tired after such an abrasive run of domestic and international fixtures, limbered up again. This time he found himself alongside Nani and Kagawa in a team selection that proved inspired.

It was not the most adventurous start from Leverkusen, and they tended to sit back and allow United to come forward. The visitor’s tricky forward line did just that, but it was 15 minutes before they managed to fashion a real chance, Nani’s curler going over the bar.

Shortly afterward, and neat interplay between Kagawa and Giggs found Rooney down on the left. The latter’s cross was met at the back post by Antonio Valencia to put United in the lead. It was a lovely, slick counter-attacking goal — the type of which United’s season has been lacking.

Many of United’s goals have come from dead ball situations and Rooney’s free kicks, direct and indirect, have been particularly deadly this season. That was the source of United’s second, an undefendable in-swinger that the defence was powerless to repel. Eventually the ball found the back of the net after the faintest of touches off Emir Spahic’s head. Chris Smalling was lurking in the vicinity but Rooney was architect, designer and executioner.

Leverkusen had won eight out of their previous 10 home games in the Champions League. By the end of the first half, United were dismantling them casually and a clinical second period finished the job.

United’s corners have improved noticeably since Moyes took over and every time the Red Devils won one the big defenders came up to capitalise. Johnny Evans’s delirious third came from a Patrice Evra knock on and finished the match as a contest. Again Rooney was nearby, this seemed to be a fixture where he would not get the goal his performances deserved.

Another corner and Kagawa lifted the ball over to Rooney who dinked the ball over the keeper for Smalling to put away the fourth. United were not finished yet.

With the clock ticking down, Giggs played this kind of pass that only a professional at the highest level would even contemplate, the ball curling and landing in Nani’s path. The Portuguese winger brought it down delicately with his chest before flicking in the kind of goal that demoralises an opponent for weeks. He may not win hearts and minds every time he plays for United, but Nani on form is a nightmare for opponents.

Giggs is beyond description, he is like the Great Pyramid of Giza of The Colosseum in Rome. A wonder that can only be seen to be believed. He puts men half his age in the shade and can enjoy his birthday cake on Friday. They will need to create new awards to give to this man, such are the unique level of his achievements.

United stormed into a 3-0 lead against Juventus in Turin in 2003 in their previous best away performance, but this was something else. It was United’s biggest ever away win in the Champions League. That’s one record David Moyes has all to himself. For Giggs, there are many more.

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