Could David Moyes be sacked by Manchester United before Norwich City visit Old Trafford?

Manchester United manager David Moyes. Manchester United manager David Moyes.

Monday, April 21, 2014
4:08 PM

David Moyes will be sacked as Manchester United manager, according to reports – and could even be gone by the time Norwich City visit Old Trafford on Saturday.

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A series of reports surfaced yesterday afternoon that the Scot’s ill-fated reign as Red Devils boss would shortly be brought to an end.

Press Association said it understood that Moyes is, as things stand, still United manager, but the reports appear to indicate his days are numbered at Old Trafford.

Reports cited the 2-0 defeat to Moyes’ former club Everton as the final straw for the Glazer family, which owns the club. United, who won the Premier League last season in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge, are seventh in the table this time around.

The loss at Goodison Park was United’s 11th of a wretched title defence and killed off any last hopes of a return to the Champions League next season with the gap to fourth-placed Arsenal now too big to bridge.

United were knocked out of this season’s Champions League by holders Bayern Munich in the last eight, having led briefly in both legs.

They were eliminated from the FA Cup at the first hurdle by Swansea and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the semi-final stage by Sunderland.

Moyes continues to paint a positive picture about the future, but he cannot hide from the statistics that show just how badly his first season at United has gone.

United will end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history. They have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades.

And they will only guarantee Europa League football at Old Trafford next term if they overhaul the six-point gap that separates them from Tottenham.

Moyes, speaking to MUTV after the defeat at Goodison, is hoping to end the season on a high with wins in United’s remaining four games, but the reports yesterday suggest he may not be afforded the opportunity to even see out the campaign as United boss.

“We need to end the season on a high,” the United manager said.

“We want to finish by winning all of our games. We’ll do everything we possibly can to make that happen.”

Yet another blow hit Moyes when it emerged that forward Danny Welbeck was considering his future at the club following a lack of game time this year.

The embarrassment among the playing staff at losing yet another game so easily was clear yesterday morning.

Rio Ferdinand, who was not in the squad at Goodison Park, took to Twitter to air his feelings.

“Frustration & disappointment sums up the season so far,” the United defender wrote.

Wayne Rooney, captain on his return to Goodison Park, said recent defensive performances have not been up to scratch.

“We conceded two really sloppy goals, which we need to cut out because we’re making it hard for ourselves to get back into games,” the United striker said.

“For the second one, we should have stopped the counter-attack. They ran in behind us. It’s not good enough.”

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38 comments

  • I certainly wish Ryan Giggs, Nikki Butt, Paul Scholes and Phillip Neville all the best. It will be interesting to see if Gary Neville might be persuaded to rejoin the fold. David Beckham and Lee Sharpe too. Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Blimey! I have just been told that Moyes has been given the sack! Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • I would be amazed if Man Utd were to sack their manager, at this late stage of the season. Warm Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Agree. Never giving up hope of a miracle but thats all it is now sadly. The damage has been done by Chris Hughton. Credit to the club for backing the manager and trying to give him a chance to turn it around (like most us fans did to be fair) while others sacked managers willy nilly but I cant help wishing we'd acted sooner. Had we done so im convinced we'd have got points against WBA etc...we will never know now though. Fingers crossed after all the bad luck we finally get some good luck between now and full time against AFC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • I said it earlier 'Mattias333', "Our relegation this season was preordained".

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • One thing for certain---they can't spend £200 MILLION & hope to play in europe next season.

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • He will have a bob or two but cant imagine many will take a punt on him after this stint. Wouldnt be the case had Everton not out done him. Just makes all his hard work at Everton look like nothing. Least in my eyes. Jose Mourinho said it best when he said 2 years ago that who ever took over from Fergie was doomed to fail and even god himself couldn't get close to what Fergie had achieved. Typical it has to happen right before they play us. I know luck is for losers but god Id take some right now at a time when everything possible is going against us!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • .....Moyes has run apparallel course ..one year later...if that's possible...to the ex-manager of Norwich City!...They both achieved very little before they arrived, but kept their noses clean!....They both looked a safe pair of hands to continue what was already in place....They both decided to put their stamp on their new challenge with disastrous results....Man Untd may have found it less painful financially to see the folly of their ways than us!...and not be afraid to put their house in order....Both nice guys I am sure!...but this is football.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • SACKED. and he signed a six year contract. He'll have a bob or two then!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Fergie made a poor start at Man U but was given time because back then United had lost the habit of winning trophies. When Moyes arrived he took over the reigning champions and a club used to success. Another factor is that United's hierarchy might have been prepared to tolerate a trophyless first season under Moyes but they will not have expected to lose the fortune generated by Champions League participation. In fact patience is no longer a virtue for most PL clubs because even the rewards for just being a member of the elite are now massive. Will be interesting to see who is in charge against Norwich. Who is their youth team coach?

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • another sign that the footballing gods really hate NCFC.... although I guess we have to run our own race.

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    wallybrain

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Perhaps the new boss can hijack the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium so the ManUre fans don't have so far to travel on matchdays...

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Moyes due to be sacked this morning according to BBC TV. I don't think that will do us any good because whoever comes in will probably re-fire the team and if there was a dressing room problem, that may go away along with the manager. So I don't see any plus points as far as we are concerned. Rather the opposite if anything. What the current Man U owners fail to recognise is history: Sir Alex had a dodgy start to his tenure but unlike the Glaziers, the previous owners had sense to stay with him. On the other hand we had Hughton.......!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Highlights of course what impact the manager can have on a team. Parallels with us of course and even our dim-witted neighbours (Flathead Lin was a new one to me - wonder which bit is flat?) Rumour I heard was that they were worried de Gral (sp) would go to Arsenal Tottenham and needed to pre-emp. Gernally I don't care but in this case timing is critical for us and the weekends match. Could work either way)

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Who gives a monkey what happens to Moyes, rest assured who ever is in charge at Man U, will be up for it on Saturday, Norwich will not find it easy in front of 75,000 nutters

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • You mean losing at home to Norwich City is less ignominious than competing for the Europa Cup? Perhaps. Not sure about the class and firepower bit but I hope youre right.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • I really did mean I think they will go out to lose so as to avoid the Europa cup!! I also think we will have too much class and firepower and come away with three points.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • I do not think they will want to lose or to avoid the Europa Cup. Nevertheless I think we have an opportunity to grab a point or three. We have started playing football again and scoring goals again. In the second half on Sunday we looked like a Premier League club so it will be a shame if next season we're not one.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • We need the three points and they need to lose to avoid the Europa cup so I think they will sack Moyes after the match.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Manchester United...once a Goliath of a club. Then along came David...

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    CanaryDan

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Would have rather this was a week later. Fancied our chances.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • But there is a crucial difference between Fergie and Moyes. Fergie took over a failing rabble and made them into champions. Moyes took over the champions and made them into a failing rabble.

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • After Ferguson's departure it looks as though the balance of opinion has gone against the Glasgow mafia.There's only Lambert left and he could be on borrowed time.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Here! Here! Michigan. 3 Points for Norwich this Saturday, Moyes to face the music afterwards.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • If for once you had researched before writing a story you'd know Moyes first season has been better than Fergusons. Either way the Canaries will have another nail in their premiership coffin.

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    KeithS

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I also care. We want Moyes still in place but the press reports creating a lot of unrest within the team, so NCFC can take full advantage of it and get 3 points.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Another illiterate Binner. I still don't care about. Moyes.

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    el dingo

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Well here you are GL and RS now get your teeth into this and say madness bonkers. on MOTD. Or perhaps you don't have the b*****ks to say something like this about Man.United. I have just about given up on MOTD because they like a lot of referees only like the big boys.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • hughton for united.

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    bluelight

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Man Utd will win Saturday with or with Moyes, they are a stronger team, a more determined team, a team who wants to do better and who deserve to be in the Premier league, unlike some others...

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    Lyn Flatt

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Well unlike NCFC Man U have nothing to lose.

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I bet all the so called pundits don't moan to them about the timing of his sacking?

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    GrumpyMike

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I only care that we get something out of it - we are well overdue another win there - timing could not be better, especially if we can find that Liverpool second half performance !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • .....Just think! There's time for a free agent with Premiership experience just waiting to fill the vacant seat!....He can't do much damage....That's already been done!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Well I care as well if only because it makes a difference to us. What difference it makes I don't know though.

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Okay Dubai Canary cares. I don't.

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    el dingo

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • el dingo

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Great to hear this Manure story - lets hope this dominates the headlines this week and they are left reeling in shock...... City go up there and beat them soundly and we all live happily ever after !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, April 21, 2014

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