It was something which had been inevitable for quite some time now and David Moyes’ woeful stint as the head coach of the most successful club in England has come to an end. The former Everton man who was appointed as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson’s throne has guided the Red Devils to their worst campaign in the Premier League era.
In his only season as manager of Man United, the Scotsman broke a couple of records however all of them were for the wrong reasons. The most prominent ones are United finishing the current season with their lowest ever points tally in the Premier League era , Man United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995 as well as the Red Devils’ failure to maintain their supremacy at home with United currently on their worst home league form in a decade.
The Premier League has offered some spectacular moments this season but nothing quite beats a festival of the best goals of the season.
There have been some long range screamers, some ticky-tacky one-touch displays and some goals scored that barely escape the training-pitch. However, as the talent in the Premier League has grown of late so have the range of varying strikes.
So here it goes, LiveSoccerTV presents the top 10 goal of the campaign…
It is clear to see which position both Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata prefer to function in. Just behind the main striker in the number ten role, with the freedom to distribute the ball to the flanks, supply Robin van Persie to finish or to shoot from in and around the penalty box.
Mata's Man of the Match performance against Newcastle United on Saturday 5th April proved to be the Spaniard's best outing in a United shirt, scoring two goals including a stunning curling free-kick. However, should Wayne Rooney have not been injured Mata would have undoubtedly been moved over to the right or left hand side of the formation.
Preview: Arsenal face final title chance against Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini leads his side into the Emirates for an important title match, against an Arsenal side that has struggled of late. With just two victories in their last seven Premier League fixtures, Arsene Wenger’s side have one last shot at the title race on Saturday.
The Gunners suffered a heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, leading many, if not all writing them off. Saturday’s meeting with City could keep their title hopes alive, if they come away with the victory.
The media has been reeking of bad odors of late from Tottenham’s dramatic and unconvincing last couple of weeks. Concerns have been over the team lacking guts and the manager embarrassing himself in front of the media by publicly humiliating the team outside of the dressing room. To further pummel Tim Sherwood, his inexperience has come into question by dealing with situations without considering his actions, whilst the talk of Louis van Gaal looming around to take his place in the summer has certainly put the Spurs manager through unsettling period of late.
Preview: Arsenal out to ruin Mourinho's home record on Arsene Wenger's special day
Arsenal and Chelsea will lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, in a match that has serious title implications.
The Gunners are four points back of Jose Mourinho’s squad, but they also have a game in hand. Claiming all three points would really ignite the title race, but it would also give Arsenal a big lift on an important day.
Arsene Wenger will manage his 1,000th match as Arsenal manager at Stamford Bridge. That should be more than enough of a reason for his players to leave everything on the pitch. But if they need more motivation, Mourinho has yet to lose a match against Arsene Wenger. Speaking of losing, Mourinho has also not lost at home as Chelsea manager.
Preview: City looking to respond after consecutive cup defeats
Last time Manuel Pellegrini's side played in a Premier League fixture was back on the 22nd of February when a solitary strike from Yaya Toure secured all three points for Man City against Stoke. Since then the Citizens have been involved in three consecutive cup ties. Even though City were able to make the most of their Capital One Cup tie as they clinched the trophy at the expense of Sunderland their FA cup and European endeavours were less than successful.
David Moyes and Manchester United have apparently confirmed they are ready to make Southampton left back Luke Shaw the most expensive teenager in the English game. Shaw has made a huge name for himself playing up and down the left flank for the Saints which deservedly honoured him his first England cap in a recent 1-0 victory over Denmark at Wembley.
The search for a gifted left back is a difficult position to fill, with Manchester United looking for a long term replacement for the aging Patrice Evra. Chelsea are also said to be on the hunt to replace Ashley Cole, whose game time has been limited this season.
Further interest has seen Tottenham Hotspur making enquiries but it seems the tussle for the south-west London born teen may be too hot for the Lilywhites to handle.
The possible arrival of Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal at White Hart Lane seems to be throwing up plenty of excitement for the North Londeners.
Despite Tim Sherwood's relatively consistent start to his Tottenham managerial career with seven wins in his first ten league games, criticism over the tactics left some fans are on the fence, suggesting that Sherwood's inexperience is beginning to peep through. There are questions over his timing of substitutes which see it left too late for Spurs to salvage anything from a losing position.
Preview: Can Everton win once again against Chelsea?
A goal in the middle of the match by Steven Naismith saw Chelsea succumb to an excellent Everton side earlier in the season. Everton has produced against the teams ahead of them in the table this season, barring the recent loss to Liverpool of course. However, they have been off form as of late, if a win against Swansea in the FA Cup is excluded. A 1-0 loss to Spurs relegated them to sixth and pushed them behind fourth placed Liverpool by eight points.
Table topping Chelsea is the last side to remain unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season. Personally, Jose Mourinho has gone 73 home games unbeaten in the English Premier League. As manager of Chelsea he has never lost a home game. He will welcome John Terry back into the team but David Luiz is set to miss out due to a muscle problem. Marco Van Ginkel is also still out.
Preview: Reds looking to close down gap between the top three
After a scintillating performance over the weekend which saw Liverpool record a highly impressive 5-1 victory over title favourites Arsenal, Brendan Rodger’s men will be hoping to continue their good form in order to close down the gap between themselves and the top three.
Liverpool’s powerful performance against the Gunners saw them dethroning Arsenal from the top of the league and considering the form they are currently in Liverpool will be fancying to have a go for the title and perhaps make it a four horse race for the title.
Preview: Chelsea hoping to extend lead at the top
With Arsenal set to be involved in another difficult fixture as they go against defending champions Manchester United, Mourinho and Chelsea will be hoping to take advantage by further extending their lead at the top. With both the second and the third team in the Barclays Premier League set to play on Wednesday, a victory tonight could see the Blues distance themselves from their title rivals by four to five points.
Last time out a rampant Chelsea side scored an impressive victory over Newcastle United subjecting the magpies to a 3-0 defeat. The victory at Stamford Bridge came a week after Chelsea became the only English club this season to defeat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The standout performer during that night was Belgian star Eden Hazard who followed his impressive showing against the Citizens with a hat trick against Newcastle.
Preview: Spurs looking for revenge after humiliation at Etihad
The Lilywhites were thoroughly outclassed last time the two sides met earlier in the season. Man City who have been breathtakingly good at home displayed a near to perfect performance as they recorded a 6-0 victory over the North London side.
Even though Tottenham recorded 13 shots during the game compared to City’s 15, Pellegrini's side was much more clinical and recorded a win in exemplary fashion.
Preview: Arsenal look to stay top of the EPL, and add pressure to their rivals
Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at Southampton brought a breath of fresh air to the club. His style of play is very easy on the eyes, and this season, despite a few mishaps, the Saints have played fairly well.
But after a few internal issues, the Southampton manager will be hoping that his side can respond on the pitch.
Their ownership saga has caused some club officials to step down, while Pablo Osvaldo's altercation with Jose Fonte was the icing on the cake. With the former Roma forward suspended, Pochettino can now focus on a difficult task on Tuesday night, as his side welcomes league leaders Arsenal to St. Mary's.
Preview: Fulham are still looking for their first victory away against Arsenal
Arsenal continued their good form on Monday with a 1-2 victory over Aston Villa. Two quick goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud in the first half were enough to put the Gunners back on top of the Premier League.
They will now turn their attention to a home match against Fulham, who have never defeated Arsenal away from home. From their last six meetings at the Emirates, Fulham have lost three, and drawn three, while conceding 12 and scoring only six.
Seeing how things have been going this year, Fulham could be in for another tough match. The Cottagers are currently 16th in the league standings, with only six victories in 21 matches.
Preview: Arsenal seek revenge at Villa Park
When the 2013/14 Premier League campaign kicked-off at the Emirates, Aston Villa came away with the full three points. The Arsenal faithful were left frustrated and annoyed at the fact that the club had yet to bring in a big name, but then arrived Mesut Özil on deadline day.
After that defeat, not many would have expected the league standings to look as they do right now. Arsenal could move into the top spot once again with a victory at Villa Park, while Villa are 11th, and could move above Hull City with at least one point.
Despite not featuring in European football, today’s football fixture lists are so congested especially in the Premier League that not having a deep squad can ruin a team’s chances of acquiring its preseason goals.
And Liverpool, after making an excellent start to the Premier League campaign, risk undoing all good they have achieved these past few months due to injuries to key players and not having enough players for a particular department. For this reason, Brendan Rodgers needs to identify players he can target in the January transfer window and bring them to Anfield in order to address this concern.
Preview: City hoping to start new year on a strong note
After ending 2013 on a high, the Citizens will be hoping to start from where they left off and begin the year in style. The Sky Blues are currently unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions, a run which has seen them maul the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham and brush aside title contenders Liverpool as well as European heavyweights Bayern Munich.
Their next challenge will be a trip to South Wales where they face a Swansea City side which has failed to live up to the billing this season.
Preview: Sherwood and Hughes contemplating victory at all cost
Tottenham Hotspur missed the opportunity to finish Matchday 18 above the Red Devils of Manchester United. Both teams have 31 points but Spurs’ dreadful defensive record (the worst in the top-half of the Premier League table with 24 goals conceded) puts them in eighth, one spot behind.
Mental power and aggressiveness inspired Spurs to a vital 3-2 win away to Southampton last weekend. But there was not much to cheer about on Boxing Day as the team failed to click in their 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Preview: Finishing off the year on a positive note at St. James Park
The outcome of Sunday's match could have an affect on the Premier League title, but both sides will want to finish the year on a high. When they both meet, goals tend to be the main storyline, and that could very well be the case on Sunday.
From their last two meetings at St. James Park, there has only been one goal scored. Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal in last year's match, while the prior season they played to a scoreless draw.