Ryan Giggs retirement tops Manchester United's worst moments of 2014

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Manchester United had a turbulent 2014 to say the very least. David Moyes was the manager at the start of the year and Louis van Gaal is in the hot seat at the start of 2015.

While most Manchester United fans will want to forget the year just past, we're intent on making sure they remember the very worst of their 12 months from hell.

Let's hope the Red Devils can improve their fortunes in 2015.

Sunderland penalty shootout

They were seventh in the league and had been dispatched in the FA Cup third round at the hands of Swansea. It was safe to say the year didn't start well for United.

But the potential for some silverware looked on the cards when they faced relegation threatened Sunderland in the League Cup semi-final.

A stoppage time Javier Hernandez goal had taken the game to extra time and after a goalless 30 minutes the game went to a penalty shootout. With the almighty roar of the Stretford End behind them United surely had the advantage. 

What followed was a slapstick set of penalties in which just one of United's five takers scored; Sunderland advanced to the final, and United's season of misery plunged even further.

Man United 2-2 Fulham

David Moyes' side went into their clash with Fulham in February nine points off the top four, fresh off a defeat at Stoke and chasing vital points in the chase for European football. United were struggling, but this was bottom of the league Fulham at Old Trafford- it was going to be the easiest three points of the season wasn't it? Unfortunately for the Reds, it was not.

After Steve Sidwell gave the visitors an early lead, United (putting in a mammoth 81 crosses in the process) valiantly fought back with a quick fire double from Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick, and Moyes' men were on course for a vital three points. That was until Kieran Richardson had his late effort parried into the path of Darren Bent, who headed home a moral crushing 94th minute equaliser.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Man United

United entered their Champions League Quarter-Final against Bayern knowing that success in the tournament was their only chance of salvaging their worst season since for 24 years, and in a season of lows Patrice Evra provided one of the highlights of the season when he rifled in a powerful strike to put the visitors in the lead. It seemed the whole atmosphere around the club had changed: United were winning! They were going to beat Bayern! Moyes was a footballing genius!

That was until Mario Mandzukic crushed spirits with a goal just 22 seconds after the restart, and the Germans went on to win 3-1.

Man United 0-3 Liverpool

This lame, limp defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals at Old Trafford that included referee Mark Clattenburg giving the visitors three penalties pushed Liverpool on to a title charge and United even further away from chances of European qualification. 

Ryan Giggs retires

The day the fans knew was coming but never wanted. After 963 appearances, 168 goals, 280 assists, 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions Leagues, (including four games as manager) Ryan Giggs officially retired as a player at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Arguably United's best ever player; the Welsh Wizard joined Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution as assistant manager, and although still remains an integral part of team operations, his presence as a player will never be replaced.

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