Moyes hits back at Mourinho over insults on Man Utd tenure

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Date published: Sunday 8th October 2017 1:14

David Moyes has insisted that nobody could have done a better job at being the immediate replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

The Scot took over from Ferguson in 2013, after 26 years of consistent silverware at Old Trafford.

Despite being earmarked by Ferguson himself as his preferred replacement, Moyes only lasted 10 months at the club.

Two relatively disappointing years under Louis van Gaal after Moyes’ departure were to follow, before they parted ways, too.

Under Jose Mourinho, United are enjoying a great start to the season, in the Portuguese’s second year in charge of the club.

Mourinho – whose side sit joint-top with Manchester City in the Premier League – claimed last month that United “failed to evolve” under Moyes and Van Gaal.

However, Moyes believes no matter who took over from Ferguson, they would have struggled.

“Jose has his opinion, but there was always going to be a ­transitional period after Sir Alex’s time was over,” Moyes told The Mirror.

“There was a changing of the guard. Not only did I replace Alex, David Gill had also stepped down as chief executive and Ed Woodward came in.

“So it was always going to take time. Yes, I took over the champions, but clubs like Chelsea and Man City spent huge amounts of money that summer in a bid to overtake us.

“Having said that, I accept ­totally that when you are ­manager of ­Manchester United, you have to win. I didn’t win enough.

“But I don’t think there is a manager out there who would have been able to do something better or quicker in the time I was given after Sir Alex ­retired.

“It was all about small ­margins.”

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