Bask in the memory of David Moyes’ last stand at Manchester United – a miserable 2-0 defeat at former club Everton.
Premier League: Everton 2 Manchester United 0
The defeat made it impossible for United to qualify for the following season’s Champions League, with Moyes paying for the failure with his job.
Moyes took United to Goodison in seventh place – two behind their hosts. The Red Devils were out of the FA Cup, eliminated from the Champions League and the majority of supporters had seen enough. The trip to Merseyside came three weeks after a plane flew over Old Trafford during a league game pulling a banner that read: ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out.’
This was not the ideal time to be going back to his former club. Evertonians, irked at Moyes’ exit, booed their former boss, whose replacement, Roberto Martinez, had inspired the Toffees to make a push for the Champions League.
Everton were simply too fast and hungry for a United side who appeared to have given up on their manager. The hosts led from a Leighton Baines penalty after Phil Jones threw his hand in front of a Romelu Lukaku shot – an action Moyes labelled “stupid” after the match – before Kevin Mirallas doubled the Toffees’ advantage before the break.
In the second half, Moyes threw on Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, who it had emerged that morning was keen to quit Old Trafford. It was all in vain, despite the manager claiming United had “passed brilliantly” and he “couldn’t fault how we played”.
Less than 48 hours later, Moyes was fired. Credible reports that he was to be dismissed surfaced at lunchtime the following day but United failed to put the Scot out of his misery until the Tuesday.
Teams and ratings:
Everton: Howard 7, Baines 7.5, Distin 6.5 (Alcaraz 46 6.5), Stones 7, Coleman 8.5, McCarthy 7, Barry 7, Mirallas 7.5 (McGeady 90), Barkley 6.5 (Osman 70 6), Naismith 7, Lukaku 6.
Scorers: Baines 28 (pen), Mirallas 43
Manchester United: De Gea 6, Jones 5, Evans 6 (Hernandez 61 5), Smalling 5, Buttner 4, Carrick 5, Fletcher 6.5, Nani 4 (Valencia 61 5), Mata 3.5, Kagawa 4 (Welbeck 75), Rooney 5
Player ratings from Daily Mail match report.
What they said:
David Moyes said:
“We gave away two terrible goals. But we passed brilliantly and kept control of the game, but we couldn’t create enough chances.
“It was a stupid decision to dive in front of the ball [for the Everton penalty] and they were two stupid goals to concede on the break.
“We played very well first half, we passed really well. It was disappointment how we played in the final third though.
“I couldn’t fault how we played, we kept the ball incredibly well.
“[Not being able to finish in the top four] does hurt, we want to be in Champions League and we must get back into it as quickly as we can. We are building behind the scenes now and are looking to return.”
Roberto Martinez said:
“He is the Manchester United manager and there is a big rivalry fighting for the same aims as Everton so you can expect that it is going to be a very much competitive atmosphere here.
“But everyone knows the job that David Moyes did at Everton will never be forgotten and clearly I will have a lot to thank him for.
“We knew that we were facing a very good side. Away from home they have a terrific record and in that respect we had three games in eight days and it was important that we were focused and we were very clear in what we wanted to do and I think we did that.
“We controlled the aspects of the game that we wanted to do.
“I thought we were electrifying on the counter attack and I thought the way that we got in the final third was very enjoyable from that respect and then we worked extremely hard to keep a clean sheet.”