Manchester United confirmed yesterday that David Moyes has been dismissed as manager. Ryan Giggs will be interim coach, the club announced.
Manchester United has already made the first steps toward bringing in Louis van Gaal, Old Trafford sources said.
Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson last summer on a six-year contract, but he has been relieved of his duties after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to former club Everton, which left the club unable to qualify for the Champions League.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club.
Former United defender Laurent Blanc, currently in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, has also been linked with the role along with Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, although the Argentine does not speak English.
United will finish the campaign with their lowest-ever Premier League point total, having lost 11 of their 34 games so far.
They have also lost 10 of their 22 games in all competitions in 2014 and are certain to finish outside the top three for the first time since 1990.
Moyes took United to the Champions League quarterfinals, but his reign also included a Capital One Cup semifinal defeat to Sunderland, when United missed four of their penalties in the shootout, and an FA Cup third-round exit to Swansea at Old Trafford.