Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata believes the main reason behind David Moyes' failure at Old Trafford was because he didn't enjoy any luck.
Moyes was named as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor last year but managed just 10 months in the job before being shown the door - not before having consigned the Red Devils to their worst ever Premier League finish.
He's since been replaced by Louis van Gaal, who before last weekend's win over Crystal Palace, managed to accumulate fewer Premier League points from his first 10 games in charge than Moyes did. Now Mata insists that the former Everton boss did have what it takes to be a success at Manchester United, but luck deserted him.
"He is a coach who had no luck here [at Old Trafford]," he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "Obviously, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson is not easy. Not for him not for anyone.
"He was unlucky. He did not got the results we wanted and his spell ended sooner than expected."
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Moyes was in charge when Mata was signed from Chelsea for what as then a club record fee of £37.1 million - and the 26-year-old says he will always be grateful to the Scot for signing him. "I was with him just a few months but of course I will always be grateful to him because he played a key role in my move to Manchester United," he explained.
"He was the one who called me, who received me and who gave me the confidence to come here."
Moyes has now been confirmed as the new manager of Real Sociedad, his first job since he was sacked by Manchester United in April. Mata meanwhile has lost his place in the Red Devils' starting XI of late following the arrival of the likes Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, although he proved his worth by scoring the winner against Palace on Saturday.
There has been some suggestions the the former Chelsea man could be on his way out of Old Trafford in the new year, with Juventus believed to be amongst his suitors.