David Moyes will probably go down as one of the worst ever managers in the history of this football club, with the Scotsman struggling from the off. His transfer business was average at best, and the football on display was nothing short of dire.
His six-year contract didn’t even make it to the end of his first season in charge, and he was replaced by Ryan Giggs on an interim basis with four games to go.
Now, Moyes is back in the Premier League with Sunderland, and he has lifted the lid on his time at the Theatr of Dreams. He confessed that he was treated unfairly by the club, and added there were mitigating circumstances and that’s why he didn’t succeed.
“You don’t get offered those big jobs – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United – for no reason,” Moyes is quoted as saying.
“I’ve said all along I was unfairly treated there. When you sign a six-year contract and you end up with 10 months … yeah, I believe I was.”
“I didn’t win enough football matches but you must say there were mitigating circumstances. And I think you could say there are maybe things which have gone on since then that would actually justify that even more so.”
“What my time at Manchester United gave me is an unbelievable idea of what it is at the top. I believe that’s where I can work and that’s where I should be working, and my level is that.”
At the end of the day, professional football management is a cutthroat industry and it always will be that way. Moyes had to make an immediate impact on the fans and the football club, but he did niether and that’s why he lost his job.
At the point of his dismissal, I cannot think of many fans (if any) who wanted him to stay, and it was 100% the correct decision to let him depart.