Richard Keys advised David Moyes during Manchester United tenure

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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes was heavily criticised in the aftermath of his ill-fated ten month spell at Old Trafford, taking the majority of blame for the Premier League giants' significant deterioration in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.

But, the accountability should perhaps of fallen on different shoulders after disgraced Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys revealed in a recent blog that he'd been advising the 51-year-old for the duration of his time at the Theatre of Dreams.

Moyes was hand picked by the Red Devils legend to succeed him following an impressive decade in charge at Goodison Park where he'd consistently overachieved with Everton on a shoe-string budget.

However, an uninspiring summer of transfer window business - which saw Manchester United miss out on all of their proposed targets - meant that the writing was on the wall for the Scot from the outset, and their disappointing start to the 2013/14 campaign heaped even more pressure on him.

Was it the right decision?

Red Devils fans celebrated collectively when senior club chiefs took the decision to dispose of Moyes's services, placing Ryan Giggs in interim charge of the first-team for the remainder of the season, prior to Louis van Gaal's eventual appointment after the World Cup this summer.

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A number of decisions made by the ex-Toffees boss were highlighted as contributing towards his downfall, but new information has come to light which suggest there is another outside influence that is answerable to Manchester United's fall from grace, including the removal of the existing backroom team that would've provided Moyes with invaluable experience.

"I was full of advice for David during his time at Old Trafford," confirmed Keys in his latest personal blog.

"I thought sacking Mike Phelan was a mistake but having spoken to David it turns out there was a very good reason to do it.

"I'm certainly not going to share that information here. Rene Meulensteen's subsequent resignation was an unexpected blow."

Reputation enhanced

Moyes remains in the managerial wilderness after failing to find a suitable next job, but some might argue that his reputation has been somewhat enhanced despite his ongoing absence from the game as a result of the similar struggles experienced by Van Gaal since taking over duties in July.

In fact, the Dutch coach is only one point better off than Moyes was at the same stage last season, and that's after spending more than £150 million on six new signings over the summer - a far cry from the investment afforded to his predecessor last year.

"How David must wish he'd had both the backing and the money to change things at United as Van Gaal has done," noted Keys.

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