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The 2013/14 season was one that Manchester United fans will want to put behind them. Sir Alex Ferguson had ended his era, having turned the Red Devils from sleeping giants into one of the most reputable clubs in the world. Two Champions League trophies, 13 Premier League titles and countless other club and personal accolades for the Scottish master, the greatest manager of all time.
His Scottish replacement, David Moyes, didn't fare as well.
A 2-0 loss to Moyes' former club Everton was the final nail in the coffin, and the once-reputable manager was dismissed from his role. With 4 games left, the club instated player-coach Ryan Giggs as the interim player-manager and the team under the United legend picked up 7 points in the final 4 games. It wasn't enough to make continental qualification, and they finished in 7th. It was their worst finish in 24 years.
The 2013/14 Premier League table
Questions were immediately asked. What went wrong? Perhaps the board and fans of Manchester United did not quite realise just how much of an impact the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson would make. A lot of players, such as Shinji Kagawa and Robin Van Persie, had joined on the premise of Ferguso being their manager. And although David Moyes was an undoubtedly good manager, after a great spell at Everton, the wound of Ferguson's retirement ran deep. The United board needed a replacement, and drastically. A season without European qualification could not be allowed again. There needed to be a new dynasty.