After the manner in which he was unceremoniously sacked back in April 2014, you could forgive David Moyes if he felt a little smug about Manchester United’s recent struggles under his successor Louis van Gaal.
The Scot, who was in charge of the Premier League giants for just ten months before being booted out of Old Trafford, was a guest on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday show this afternoon.
And when asked about United under Van Gaal, Moyes said not all hope is lost for the Red Devils because they still have the Europa League to fight for and can secure a top-four finish in the Premier League table. Was this a subtle dig at his former employers? Scroll down to read his full quote.
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“They’ve got a great chance of finishing in the Champions League spot,” Moyes was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News. “They’ve got every opportunity to do that. They’ll be disappointed they went out of the Champions League.
“But, I’ve got to say, they’re in the Europa League to go for and they still have a great chance of qualifying for the Champions League though the Premier League, they’re still in the Cup so they can still get something out of the season.”
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That Moyes totally disregards the idea of Manchester United challenging for the Premier League title - Van Gaal’s pre-season objective - is telling.
It’s difficult not to construe Moyes’ comment as a dig - although his assessment of United under Van Gaal is arguably accurate.
The Red Devils are fourth in the Premier League table - somehow - but are without a win in their last five matches in all competitions.
Defeat to Wolfsburg in the Champions League last week followed up by Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth represents a new nadir for Van Gaal as Manchester United manager.
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