Having drawn at Old Trafford in the Champions League last week, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich slumped to a shock defeat in the Bavarian derby at minnows Augsburg. Despite having already wrapped up the title, the 1-0 loss marked a surprising end to the Germans’ staggering 53 match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga.
Although many will point to Bayern’s much-changed XI and their publicly stated focus on the return European fixture, other football fans were quick to cite the real reason behind the defeat.
Bayern Munich unbeaten for 53 league games, they play against Moyes, then lose their next league game. The Moyes effect.
— Jack Allen (@_JackAllen_) April 5, 2014
Bayern Munich finally end their 53 unbeaten streak after playing us. The Moyes effect.
— Brian (@IconicUnited) April 5, 2014
One Sunderland fan optimisitcally argued that it was the effect of another “high-profile” individual in the sport.
Bayern losing isn’t the Moyes effect, it’s the Ji effect
— Adam Rossiter (@AJROSSITER1992) April 5, 2014
Having recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons in England, Ji Dong-Won has netted once since joining Augsburg permanently in January.
However, Bayern weren’t the only surprise sporting victims from the weekend. Football fans noted the influence of the “Moyes Effect” on the grandest stage of them all.
The Undertaker’s Streak is over – Lesnar makes it 21-1. “Moyes Effect”
— Tanya (@Pfupajena) April 7, 2014
Undertaker lost? The streak is over. Oh, The Moyes effect has swept across the US as well. #ThankYouMoyes
— Hanzla Ahmed Khan (@Nafaqa_Hanzla) April 7, 2014
I know why undertaker lost ! It’s because of the Moyes effect ! He never lost under Fergie !!!
— $ohail @l@m (@SohailAlam31) April 7, 2014
Having previously defeated WWE Legends such as Triple H and Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania, surely it can’t be a coincidence that the Undertaker’s incredible streak ended during Moyes’ first full season in charge at Manchester United? In the aftermath of the Deadman’s shock defeat, to Brock Lesnar of all people, many took to Twitter to express their disbelief.
On a more serious footballing note, United fans will hope that Augsburg’s victory will have deflated Bayern’s aura of invincibility for their clash at the Allianz tonight. By the same token, the Undertaker may be praying for Sir Alex Ferguson’s return sooner rather than later.
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