Moyes: I expected more time as Manchester United boss

Date published: Wednesday 30th December 2015 3:50

David Moyes: Was sacked by Manchester United after 10 months

David Moyes says he expected to be afforded more of a chance as Manchester United manager and has urged the board to stick with Louis van Gaal.

The former Everton boss took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013 but only lasted until April 2014 as United dropped out of the top four of the Premier League.

But when asked on BT Sport’s Claire Balding Show whether he would have done anything differently, he replied: “I wouldn’t have done anything different. I would have only done it different if I’d known it was 10 months instead of six years.

“My understanding was that I was going to a club which always looked after their managers, even when they were in trouble and it wasn’t going well, you got your time to sort things out.

“I was under that illusion when I was there. I had a great group of players they had recently won the Premier League under Sir Alex, but it was going to take time for that to change, evolve and of course there was going to have to be a changeover of players in time, but it couldn’t be done in 10 months.

“Would I take the job again? Of course I would. There are very few managers in the world who wouldn’t want to manage Manchester United.”

Current United boss Van Gaal is now under similar scrutiny to what Moyes faced, with the club currently sitting sixth in the league.

However, Moyes suggests the club is still in transition and the board need to be patient with the Dutchman.

“After Sir Alex the job was going to be very difficult,” he added.

“It was going to take time to rebuild, it was a rebuilding job at Manchester United. You’ve got to remember David Gill left, he was a big influence at Manchester United.

“I think what Manchester United stand for is that they keep their managers, they’ve always supported their managers. I hope they stick with Louis van Gaal, he deserves more time.

“It’s still a work in progress for him, he’s made some signings and from my experience in Spain it will take time for players from abroad to settle in. So, I think they should stick with it. They don’t want to become a club which continuously changes their manager.”

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