It is six years to the day since one of the bleakest nights in Manchester United’s modern history.

Under David Moyes, on 25th March 2014, Manchester City came to Old Trafford and ran riot, just nine days after Liverpool had done exactly the same.

United have been forced out of action but before that, a meeting with the same opponents suggested that a corner had been turned.

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An anniversary to forget

There won’t be any United fans looking back exactly six years with any fondness at all.

United were behind after just one minute when Edin Dzeko opened the scoring and it set the tone for an abject night.

Dzeko doubled the lead in the second half before Yaya Toure’s late goal ensured City’s total superiority was reflected on the scoreline.

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A corner turned six years later

That abject surrender under Moyes could hardly have been further from the performance United put in during their last Premier League match.

 

They had a plan to stop a City side better than Manuel Pellegrini’s from 2014 and played with an energy and spirit which got Old Trafford bouncing again.

The atmosphere was sullen throughout that Moyes defeat, reflecting the outlook of the club at the time – but it’s a very different story now.

Solskjaer is looking to take United forward with a high-tempo, counter-attacking style. It might not be perfect yet, but it’s clear to see the route he wants to go down now.

There was no sense of that with Moyes. Consequently, there was no hope. There certainly is under Solskjaer now, whenever United return to action.

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