David Moyes claims he is still 'top' manager despite United reign

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It is fair to say that David Moyes' time as Manchester United manager wasn't exactly a success.

Having signed a six-year contract to replace the irreplaceable Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013, the Scottish manager lasted just 10 months in the job before being sacked.

Now back in the Premier League as the new Sunderland boss - after a spell in Spain with Real Sociedad - Moyes has opened up about his time in charge at Old Trafford. And he's made some claims a lot of United fans might struggle to agree with.


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Speaking via The Mirror, the former Everton manager first went on record to say that he had been unfairly treated during his short stay at the Theatre of Dreams.

"I’ve said all along that I was," he said. "When you sign a six-year contract and you end up there ten months, yeah, I believe I was.

"But that is life in football. Ultimately the key is to win football matches. I didn’t win enough football matches."

Moyes added that he believes what happened under Louis van Gaal - United struggled in the league under the Dutchman, but did win an FA Cup - proves that there were underlying issues when he replaced Ferguson in 2013.

"You must say there were mitigating circumstances. And I think you could say there are maybe things that have gone on since then, that would actually justify that even more so."

Although Van Gaal's time in charge wasn't the most successful period in United's illustrious history, he did manage to add a trophy to the club's cabinet.

Moyes was unable to do that despite being hand-picked by Sir Alex to replace him in the dugout.

Instead, his 10 month reign saw United hit a number of lows - including ensuring there would be no Champions League football for the first time in almost two decades, losing an almost unheard of six home games and falling to Sunderland in the semi finals of the League Cup.


In that context, Moyes' second claim about his time in charge in Manchester will perhaps be the most surprising for fans at Old Trafford.

"It gave me an unbelievable idea of what it is at the top," the Scotsman said.

“I believe that’s where I can work and that’s where I should be working, and my level is that, because that is what I saw in the time I was there."

Although he had success at Everton, Moyes' struggles to find the winning formula as Manchester United manager mean he might struggle to get that 'top job' he feels he deserves anytime soon.

For now, his main focus is on rebuilding his reputation in England, and that begins with helping Sunderland improve on their 17th placed finish last season.

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