David Moyes has pointed out that many of those calling for Manchester United to sack Louis van Gaal were lauding the Dutchman before he took the job.
Van Gaal, whose future has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks amid speculation that Jose Mourinho is being lined up to replace him, suffered a further blow on Saturday when his side were beaten 2-1 by lowly Sunderland.
Given his own experiences at United, Moyes has sympathy for Van Gaal in his current predicament.
He told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday show: “There’s so much media attention on Louis van Gaal just now. When I lost my job, he was lauded by everybody in football – by you people, the media and everybody else. Now many of you are the ones saying he should lose his job.
“If you go to Manchester United, that’s what you get. You get an awful lot of media attention. But I still believe I was the right person to take the job.”
Asked if he felt he had been treated unfairly by the club in comparison to Van Gaal, however, Moyes was philosophical.
He said: “I know that the reason I lost my job at Manchester United was I didn’t win enough games. It’s as simple as that.”
As the final whistle sounded at the Stadium of Light, fifth-placed United were six points adrift of the top four, with both Van Gaal and Wayne Rooney admitting winning the Europa League this season could be the easier route to the Champions League.
Moyes, who knows only too well the price of failure at Old Trafford after his own ill-fated 10-month spell at the helm, has predicted a bleak future for the manager if he does not get there one way or another.
He added: “I knew Manchester United need to qualify for the Champions League. I think Manchester United need to be there.
“They are a club of status and want to be at that level, if not more. They want to be winning it if they can, never mind qualifying for it. That’s what happens at Manchester United. It’s that level.”