MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United says manager David Moyes has left the Premier League club after less than a year in charge, amid heavy speculation he was about to be fired.

United released a brief statement in its website Tuesday, saying the club “would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.”

United is seventh in the league, a season after winning its 20th championship by 11 points, and on course for its lowest league finish since 1990.