Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has leapt to the defence of old mentor David Moyes, claiming his former manager was treated like cr*p by Manchester United.
The American stopper's comments are published in The Sun, but taken from his autobiography called 'The Keeper' which was released earlier this week, and includes a pretty damning assessment of the Red Devils.
Howard - who spent three years as a player at Old Trafford - believes Moyes was wrongly blamed for Manchester United's early troubles in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era, and says the Scottish coach didn't deserve to be made the fall guy for collective mistakes made by senior officials in the build-up and during his ill-fated ten month spell in charge.
“What happened to him at Manchester United? That was a load of c**p really," Howard said. "You know what I mean?
“There was always going to be a fall guy — that team wasn’t good enough and that had nothing to do with David Moyes.
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“They say it did — but they were weak, simple as that. I think they were a weak team and they needed to rebuild.”
The 35-year-old accepts that Manchester United won the Premier League title the season before Moyes took over, but gives a lot of credit to Robin van Persie who was in prolific form for the majority of his debut season with the club.
Van Persie was unable to replicate that kind of form under Moyes in his second season, and that played a major part in the club's struggles during 2013/14.
However, Howard is adamant that the small blot should not have too much of a negative impact on the former Everton manager's career, and he's pleased to see him rebuilding his reputation in Spain with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.
"That team had a top goalscorer who was lights out," he explained. “The season they won the title, it ebbs and flows. It wasn’t as strong a title challenge that year.
“Of course they were champions. You have to give that to them. But every champion goes out and strengthens. Everyone.
“[But] they won the title and they stood still. That wasn’t David Moyes’ fault, as far as I am concerned.”
Asked whether he still keeps in contact with the 51-year-old, Howard added: “He is someone who I pull for. Results are going for him at Sociedad and I am delighted.