The Rundown

David Moyes: 12 steps to getting the sack at Manchester United

The Rundown

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David Moyes' short reign as Manchester United manager has come to end.

But where did it all go wrong for 'The Chosen One'? We pick out 12 steps to the sack.

Step One: United lose to Liverpool – September 1

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Moyes got off to a strong start as he won the Community Shield against Wigan and picked up four points from his first two Premier League games. However, cracks began to appear at Anfield when Daniel Sturridge's early goal was enough to beat a limp United side. Few could have predicted what was to come for both teams for the rest of the season.

Step Two: The summer transfer window closes – September 3

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Manchester United forced through a late deal to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton after an earlier attempt to bring Ander Herrera to Old Trafford collapsed amid farce. United paid £27.5 million for the Belgian midfielder who they could have signed for cheaper earlier in the summer. United had spent most of their summer courting Barcelona duo Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas but failed to land any of their top targets.

Step Three: United hammered in the Manchester derby – September 22

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Manchester City thumped rivals United 4-1 in an incredible Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium which the Blues completely dominated. United only grabbed a late consolation through Wayne Rooney and the defeat left them languishing in eighth.

Step Four: West Brom win at Old Trafford for first time in 35 years – September 28

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Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino got the goals as West Brom deservedly beat Manchester United in another shock result. The result condemned the champions to their worst ever start to a Premier League season and left them in the bottom half of the table after six games.

Step Five: United lose two in four days at home – December 4-7

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Bryan Oviedo secured a shock 1-0 victory for Everton against Manchester United in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford as United came crashing back to earth after a decent couple of months. It was Everton’s first away victory in the league against Manchester United in 21 visits. Moyes' difficult start then turned into a full-blown crisis as Yohan Cabaye ended Newcastle's 41-year wait for an Old Trafford win as they triumphed 1-0 four days later.

Step Six: United crash out of FA Cup – January 5

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A good Christmas period failed to paper over the cracks as a home defeat to Tottenham on New Year's Day was followed by a 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea in the FA Cup third round with Wilfried Bony getting the winner two minutes from time.

Step Seven: United lose awful League Cup semi-final shootout with Sunderland – January 22

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Manchester United fell to defeat by Sunderland in the League Cup semi-final after an appalling penalty shoot-out. United managed to score just one of their five spot-kicks. United would have won the tie on away goals if not for late drama in extra time when David de Gea let a weak shot from former United man Phil Bardsley beneath him. A quick Javier Hernandez response gave United the chance of a reprieve on penalties but they blew it despite Sunderland only scoring two of their spot-kicks.

Step Eight: 'Mata-effect' quickly fades after loss at Stoke and draw against Fulham - February 1-9

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Juan Mata's arrival from Chelsea in the January transfer window for over £37m had sparked hopes of a United revival but two consecutive poor results put pay to that as Stoke beat United 2-1 at the Britannia before Darren Bent's late equaliser saw bottom placed Fulham earn a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford the following week.

Step Nine: Greek tragedy in Athens – February 25

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Manchester United were appalling as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Olympiacos in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match. United struggled to put a pass together in the opposition half, and Olympiacos exploited their obvious lack of competence and confidence. United managed to overturn the deficit in the second leg but, despite a credible performance over two legs, they were disposed of by Bayern Munich in the last eight.

Step 10: Liverpool embarrass United in own backyard – March 16

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United fans hoped the team could at least dent their fierce rivals' title hopes but instead they were completely outplayed as two Steven Gerrard penalties helped Liverpool to a crushing 3-0 victory. Gerrard could have completed a rare hat-trick of spot kicks but struck the post after Nemanja Vidic was red-carded for tripping Sturridge shortly before Suarez completed the rout.

Step 11: City destroy United again in derby sparking fly-by protest - March 25-29

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Manchester City made it 7-1 on aggregate for the season against their neighbours by cruising to victory at Old Trafford. Edin Dzeko put City in front after less than a minute and doubled their advantage in the second half. Yaya Toure completed the rout in stoppage time. In response a group of United fans paid for a "Moyes Out" banner to be flown over the ground during their next match against Aston Villa four days later.

Step 12: Everton embarrass United at Goodison

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Everton's past and future collided in a nightmare return to Goodison for former manager Moyes as he saw his side outwitted by his successor Roberto Martinez in a 2-0 defeat. The result seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back, with Moyes being relieved of his duties.

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