David Moyes says Sunderland turned down Joe Hart last summer

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Almost ever since David Moyes initially replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the dugout at Old Trafford, he has unfortunately been the subject of plenty of ridicule from fans - regardless of their allegiance.

Failure to succeed at Manchester United and Real Sociedad certainly hasn't helped his cause and now at Sunderland, Moyes is enduring a similarly tricky spell in management.

The Black Cats did pick up their first win of the season last weekend against Bournemouth, however, they are still six points from safety at the foot of the Premier League table.

Moyes also still has some work to do to win over Sunderland's loyal supporters and one transfer decision he made back in August might just get a few fans scratching their heads in confusion.

The former Everton boss was given the opportunity to sign a regular England international on loan but actually turned it down.

Pep Guardiola's reluctance to play Joe Hart at Manchester City was well-documented at the start of the season and before the summer transfer window shut it had become clear that England's No.1 would be on the move.

At the time, Sunderland's first choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone had just suffered a serious elbow injury which would keep him out for three months so the Stadium of Light would have looked like a natural destination for Hart.

And Moyes has now revealed that he 'could have brought' Hart in but instead chose to put his faith in youngster Jordan Pickford.

"When I arrived, Vito Mannone was probably the number one on experience but his injury meant we needed to turn to Jordan [Pickford] and he has stood up to all we've asked of him," Moyes said, as per The Shields Gazette.

"I could have brought in Joe Hart, we thought he would have been ideal for us, but I had to think of Jordan's progression too and he hasn't let us down."

Moyes' snub meant Hart made the bold switch to Serie A side Torino, where he has gone on to make 10 appearances - keeping two clean sheets.

Meanwhile, Sunderland fans must now be thinking what position they would be in if Hart had been playing in between the sticks for the last few months.

The truth is: probably not very different from where they are currently.

In Mannone's absence, Pickford certainly started off very shakily. After a bad error which gifted Southampton an equaliser back in August, Moyes must have been questioning his own judgement.

But since then, the young Englishman has gone from strength to strength and you could even argue Sunderland might have been even worse off without him.

So Moyes might know what he is doing after all, who knew?

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