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  • FILE - This Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo shows Manchester United's manager David Moyes during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England. Moyes was fired as Manchester United manager on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, paying the price for the club's spectacular and sudden decline in his 10 months in charge since replacing Alex Ferguson.(AP Photo/Scott Heppell, 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.


  • Manchester United's manager David Moyes looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)

    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.


  • Chelsea's Demba Ba, center, fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Naughton and Sandro, left, during their English Premier League soccer match, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, Saturday March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)

    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.


  • Manchester United's manager David Moyes issues instructions during his team's English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match against Sunderland at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    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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