David Moyes' tenure at Manchester United has come to an end. The Scot, who took over for Sir Alex Ferguson less than a year ago, was dismissed from his managerial position after a campaign that saw the club miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.
Somehow it is fitting that Moyes' final match for United came at his old stomping grounds, Goodison Park. A place Moyes turned into a fortress for Everton was able to stymy a United side that had all of the possession, but none of the quality chances. It was a familiar sight for Evertonians, but with the talent at United's disposal it was disheartening to see.
The truth is this season is not entirely on Moyes. As manager he will shoulder all of the blame, some of it deserved but much of it not. This is not the Manchester United squad of the past. Last year United won the league on the back of a miraculously healthy Robin van Persie. This year his absence has hurt United more than anyone.
Last year United scored 86 goals in 38 EPL matches, good for over 2.26 goals per game. They conceded 43 in the same span which is a 1.13 goals against average. This year the club has allowed 40 goals in 34 matches for a 1.17 goals against average. Slightly higher, but it doesn't explain the drop in the table. The real problem was offense. Last year United scored 86 goals, this year they have scored 56. The big difference in the squad, the health of RvP. Give United another 20 goals this season and I'd wager they would be competing for the title.
As for Moyes, this might be a blessing. The man to replace Sir Alex was never going to succeed, and now Moyes can move on to a club where he can rebuild both his reputation and the club. Maybe he will go abroad to Germany or even Scotland.