Coping with the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be easy, but Manchester United shot themselves in the foot with a rocket launcher by getting the first big decision wrong.
On the 9th of May 2013, the Red Devils appointed David Moyes on a six-year contract.
As you’ll no doubt have seen on the Twittersphere today, that deal finally expires today. And what a six years it’s been. Moyes’ achievements at Old Trafford include signing Marouane Fellaini, winning the Community Shield, leading for two minutes against Bayern Munich, and then, well, getting sacked…over five years ago now.
The remainder of that six-year contract has been spent at Real Sociedad (where, to be fair, he got a 1-0 win over Barcelona’s 2014/15 treble winners), Sunderland (18.6% win percentage), and most recently West Ham.
?? David Moyes since he signed his 6-year contract with Man Utd…
– Sacked by Man Utd
– Sacked by Real Sociedad
– Relegated Sunderland and resigned
– Reached his 200th Premier League win
– Left West Ham after 6 months
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) June 30, 2019
Still, even if he hasn’t been doing actual work at Man Utd for the duration of his contract, it seems his dark influence has continued to haunt the club: Phil Jones on corners; Ashley Young captain; Scott McTominay in defence; Marouane Fellaini leading the line. Moyes’ spirit has corrupted the minds of even some previously great managers.
But, could it now be all over? Is today’s date key to lifting the curse? These MUFC fans are hopeful, and after the six years they’ve had, you can’t blame them for trying to find some faintest hope to cling to…
Moyes curse is over. New beginnings https://t.co/ALffYosCNr
— SIRE® (@SIR3_) June 30, 2019
Today marks the last day of David Moyes’ initial 6-year contract at Manchester United.
The Curse Is Over.#MUFC
— Itz Lizzy.?? (@Itz_Lizzy_MUFC) June 30, 2019
David Moyes contract officially expires today. What if that contract was a curse on the club that’s just been released. Lingard turns in to peak Kaka, Rashford = Brazilian Ronaldo and Phil Jones is actually Duncan Edwards reincarnated. Sounds plausible.
— Starkey Armani (@StarkeyArmani) June 30, 2019
David Moyes 6 year contract is up. Hopefully the feckin curse will be lifted
— Stevo (@Mr_Stevo87) June 30, 2019
— BYKOV 12 (@ELFANTASMA121) June 30, 2019
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) June 30, 2019
— Trevor Mungwazi (@TrevorMungwazi) June 30, 2019
Rejoice, the Moyes curse is over! His six years contract officially expires today. #mufc is back.
— Fazzanelli (@Fazzanelli) June 30, 2019
Today marks the last day of David Moyes contract.
Finally the curse is over. ? pic.twitter.com/vuGLWqKFSJ
— INDIAAAAAAA INDIA (@UtdTalha) June 30, 2019
David Moyes' #mufc contract has ended today. THE CURSE IS LIFTED THE CURSE IS LIFTED
— Brad Seymour (@BradSeymour47) June 30, 2019