Manchester United have sacked manager David Moyes and appointed Ryan Giggs as caretaker boss.

The club this morning confirmed that Moyes had '"left the club" and thanked Moyes for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role of manager. It is understood he was sacked by vice-chairman Ed Woodward during a meeting at the club's Carrington training ground shortly after 8am this morning.

Ryan Giggs will take charge of first team affairs until a permanent manager is found.

David Moyes was in charge of Manchester United for 51 games - he won 27, drew nine and lost 15.

It was Alex Ferguson who personally recommended Moyes to be his successor. Ferguson retired last year after 26 years in charge, winning 13 league titles and two European Cups.

Moyes, who had been manager of Everton for 11 seasons but never won a major trophy, was given a six-year contract but the Old Trafford club have lurched from one crisis to another.

A 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday was the final straw for the club's owners, the Glazer family, as seventh-placed United have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995-96. 

Rarely looking comfortable in front of the cameras, the enormity of the task in hand seemed to overwhelm Moyes from day one. He also upset some within the club by bringing in his own coaching staff, with the likes of Rene Meulensteen, Eric Steele, and Mike Phelan departing.

Despite this, few expected this season to have gone so badly.

Manchester United are guaranteed to 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 almost two decades while Moyes' home record is the worst of any United boss since 1978.

Moyes's sudden departure evokes memories of the traumatic spell the Old Trafford club suffered between 1969 and 1971 when Matt Busby retired after 24 years as boss.

His hand-picked successor Wilf McGuinness only lasted 18 months before Busby took over the reins again.


22 September: Man City 4 Man Utd 1, Premier League

United were swept away in emphatic fashion as City ruthlessly exposed a gulf in class between the two teams. The hosts led 2-0 at half-time thanks to Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, before two more inside five minutes of the restart all but sealed victory for Manuel Pellegrini's men. A late consolation from Wayne Rooney did little to comfort United.

28 September: Man Utd 1 West Brom 2, Premier League

A superb Morgan Amalfitano run and chip had United rattled before Rooney's free-kick found the back of Boaz Myhill's net. Youngster Saido Berahino struck after 67 minutes to give the Baggies their first win at Old Trafford since 1978 - and ensure a worst start to a league campaign in 24 years for United.

7 December: Man Utd 0 Newcastle 1, Premier League

United suffered their second home defeat in four days as Yohan Cabaye secured victory for the visitors - their first at Old Trafford since 1972. The previous game had seen Moyes' old team Everton come back to haunt him with a 1-0 win, courtesy of Bryan Oviedo's late strike.

5 January: Man Utd 1 Swansea 2, FA Cup third round

This one appeared to be heading to a replay until a Wilfried Bony header after 90 minutes gave Swansea their first ever win at Old Trafford. It was United's second defeat in four days after Tottenham had beaten them 2-1 in the Premier League. Fabio's red card for a reckless challenge on Jose Canas capped another bad day.

19 January: Chelsea 3 Man Utd 1, Premier League

Defeat at Stamford Bridge all but ended United's Premier League title hopes, leaving them 14 points off pacesetters Arsenal. Captain Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a high lunge on Eden Hazard.

22 January: Man Utd 2 Sunderland 1 (aggregate 3-3, Sunderland win 2-1 on penalties) Capital One Cup

United's season of woe hit new depths as they were knocked out by relegation-haunted Sunderland. Sunderland edged a terrible penalty shoot-out, scoring two of the three spot-kicks converted.

16 March: Man Utd 0 Liverpool 3, Premier League

Liverpool completed the double over United for the fourth time in the Premier League. Steven Gerrard scored two penalties and missed a third, and Luis Suarez scored late on for a team who finished 28 points behind the champions in 2012-13.

25 March: Man Utd 0 Man City 3, Premier League

United were overwhelmed by their local neighbours from the moment Edin Dzeko put the visitors in front inside the first minute. City registered further goals from Dzeko and Toure. Defeat effectively ended United's hopes of a late Champions League surge and left them in danger of missing out on the top six altogether.

9 April: Bayern Munich 3 Man Utd 1 (Bayern win 4-2 on aggregate) Champions League

United took the lead at the Allianz Arena through Patrice Evra's stunning strike. But the advantage lasted just 22 seconds as Mario Mandzukic levelled and goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben settled the tie.

20 April: Everton 2 Man Utd 0, Premier League

Moyes was booed on his return to Goodison Park and his players did little to improve his mood, producing an abject display as goals from Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas ended the visitors' hopes of Champions League qualification.