Sunderland manager David Moyes had a very brief stay at Manchester United after his appointment as the perfect replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson. The Glasgow-born coach lasted only 10 months before a disappointing sack.
Image: David Moyes
Today’s Premier League game between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford will be the Scot’s first time since leaving the venue in April 2014.
However, the 53-year-old says he has no regrets leaving Everton for the coveted Man U job.
“My time there was too short, but as I have said many times, you have to win games and I didn’t win enough games,” the Sunderland coach said.
“I would do it again, 100 percent. Very few people are offered the job at Manchester United and I was honored to be offered the job.
“It was a great experience and one I wouldn’t change because of the quality of the players and professionalism I found.”
Image: Jose Mourinho and David Moyes.
Moyes claims he was not given enough time to rebuild a squad he inherited from Ferguson though they had just won the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho discarded the claims from his rival, saying he would be happy to gained that squad from Sir Alex.
“I wouldn’t mind to be at a club with great expectations, but to have Ryan Giggs and ‘Chicharito’ [Javier Hernandez] and [Nemanja] Vidic still in the team, [Patrice] Evra too… I wouldn’t mind,” Mourinho said.
“I don’t feel it [United’s expectation] as a burden. I feel the great history of the club as only a positive thing and not a negative thing. The problem is whether you have the conditions to follow that success of history. If not, then that’s a different story.
“There are generations and in a certain period, when David came, the situation was not so easy to go in that winning direction. At the same time — I think this is even more important — the Premier League was changing.
“Periods of domination now belong to the past because the Premier League was going already in an incredible direction and it is what it is now.”
In a twist of fate as the coaches make their claims and counter-claims, former United players [Donald Love and John O’Shea] may be wearing Sunderland colors today.
Sadly, Adnan Januzaj, who is also on loan from Old Trafford, is not eligible to face his parent club.
He added: “I think a manager that is not sacked is not a manager, or at least is not a good manager. We have to be sacked.
“So I think it was just a bad moment in David’s career and he has to do what I did, what we all do, move on — and he did that.
“I think after Manchester United he went to Spain, also a different experience for him, then back to England, back in the Premier League.
“I think he moved on and this is what we have to do. He has to move on, enjoy his family and a new job will arrive. I’m like this. I’m pragmatic. No problem. It’s part of football.”
Moyes told reporters he is hopeful that today’s game will end favorably.
In his words: “I will feel that I’m going into a difficult game and for us to get a result we will have to play really well.
“Nevertheless we are in pretty good shape as well. We have had a pretty good run, so we want to go there and do well.”