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  • FILE - In this Friday July 5, 2013 file photo Manchester United's new manager David Moyes poses for pictures before a press conference at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England. Manchester United says manager David Moyes has left the Premier League club after less than a year in charge, amid heavy speculation he was about to be fired. United released a brief statement in its website Tuesday, saying the club "would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role."  (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

    Man United's brand strength softens blow of slump

    Manchester United's owners will be relying on the strength of the club's brand to soften the impact of a sudden downturn on the field this season.


  • FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo Manchester United's manager David Moyes, right, stands alongside Ryan Giggs as the team trains at Carrington training ground in Manchester. Manchester United says manager David Moyes has left the Premier League club after less than a year in charge, amid heavy speculation he was about to be fired. United released a brief statement in its website Tuesday, saying the club "would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role." Giggs has been tipped to takeover on an interim basis. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

    David Moyes out as Manchester United manager

    It's some feat to turn one of the world's most storied and valuable sports brands into a mere also-ran in the space of 10 months.


  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 file photo Manchester United's manager David Moyes gestures to his team during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates stadium in London. Manchester United says manager David Moyes has left the Premier League club after less than a year in charge, amid heavy speculation he was about to be fired. United released a brief statement in its website Tuesday, saying the club "would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role." (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

    Man United counts cost of flawed transition

    Even while accustomed to success, Manchester United realized just how reliant its unprecedented dominance was on the managerial mastery of Alex Ferguson.


  • FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo Manchester United's manager David Moyes looks on ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England. Manchester United says manager David Moyes has left the Premier League club after less than a year in charge, amid heavy speculation he was about to be fired. United released a brief statement in its website Tuesday, saying the club "would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role." (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

    David Moyes fired as Man United manager after 10 months

    In the 27-year, trophy-laden tenure of Alex Ferguson, United stood out as a pillar of stability, continuity and patience. But Moyes, hand-picked by Ferguson and given a six-year deal, was unable to replicate the success of his fellow Scot or even come close.


  • Alex Ferguson to teach at Harvard Business School

    After years of giving pointers to football players, Alex Ferguson will pass his knowledge along to executives.


  • Manchester United's manager David Moyes speaks during a press conference at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday, March 31, 2014. Manchester United will play Bayern Munich in a Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Guardiola proves a safer pair of hands than Moyes

    As David Moyes lurches from one setback to another in his troubled first season at Old Trafford, Manchester United's hierarchy may well be casting envious glances at Bayern Munich to discover just how smooth managerial transition can be.


  • Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, centre, scores his second goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Column: Rebuilding United make or break for Moyes

    When David Moyes strode into Old Trafford for the first time as Manchester United's new manager, with its long red tunnel leading to the pitch where so much sporting history has been made, he knew the job of replacing Alex Ferguson would be, as he now says, "tough." Few imagined it would be this tough.


  • West Brom's Gareth McAuley, right, blocks Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, England, Saturday, March 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    5 things to know about the Premier League

    When Alex Ferguson took over as Manchester United manager, Liverpool was the dominant force of English football. The Scot made clear that his objective was to take the Reds off their perch, and he succeeded.


  • FILE - This is a Saturday, May 25, 2013, file photo of Chelsea modfielder Juan Mata gestures toward spectators at the end of an friendly soccer match against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mata is edging closer to joining Manchester United from Chelsea. In a sign that Mata's Chelsea exit is nearing, a person familiar with the situation says the midfielder didn't train with the first team on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

    Mata's arrival marks start of rebuilding at United

    With Manchester United in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season, Juan Mata's arrival at Old Trafford for a club record fee of 37.1 million pounds ($61.2 million) is certainly an emergency move. But it also marks the first step in the rebuilding process of England's most titled club.


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