On the back of 3-0 derby demolition at Old Trafford at the hands of fierce rivals Manchester City, David Moyes has attempted to deflect blame for the season away from himself, instead claiming that even legendary retiree, Sir Alex Ferguson, could not have done better with the club that season.

The dawn of a new era was never going to occur without a hitch. However, a dismal season of this magnitude was not on the bookmakers' cards. The Red Devils are currently languishing in seventh place, a whopping five points behind Tottenham.

However, Moyes has claimed the blame for the club's failures do not lie with him.

"If Sir Alex were here this year it would be difficult for him as well and I’m sure he’d agree," Moyes said.

"People are aware there’s a squad that is ageing, so it would have been a tough season for whoever was in charge of United this year. It could have been the case no matter what."

Ferguson himself has been on the receiving end of anger from fans after his well-publicised influence in the hiring of Moyes to take the vacated managerial reigns of Manchester United.

However, notable ex-rival, Jose Mourinho, has leapt to the defence of his former colleague, insisting that no responsibility should sit with the retired ex-manager.

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