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David Moyes Claims Manchester United Would ‘Still Be In The Champions League’ If He Were Managing Them

David Moyes Claims Manchester United Would ‘Still Be In The Champions League’ If He Were Managing Them

David Moyes has made a bold claim that Manchester United would still be in the Champions League if he were managing them today.

Legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, 77, had backed Moyes, 56, to succeed him at Old Trafford following his retirement in 2013.

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But the ex-Preston North End and Everton manager was axed after ten months following a woeful season in charge.

Moyes has now insisted that he would have taken United back into the Champions League had he received more time in the managerial post.

"I would have loved to have done much better. It was a great opportunity and a job I felt I fitted," the Scotsman told the Daily Mirror.

"I am more disappointed with myself that I didn't make it work. I believe I am much better than what I showed. I had to do better. There were mitigating circumstances. When you look at it now, what Sir Alex got from the squad to win the league is remarkable.

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"What I didn't get was time.

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"Do I believe United would be in the Champions League now? Yeah, I do, if I had been in charge.

"Do I believe we would have a much more stable club? Yeah, I do. I have also got to admit in the short time I was there, I had to win more games."

According to Moyes, the Premier League title-winning squad he had inherited from Ferguson was not the problem.

But the ex-United boss said that he had an "ageing squad" and only signed two players while "other managers have signed lots."

He continued: "What you would ideally do at most clubs is sign three or four senior players a year. I would still try to follow that.

"Manchester United could never be a revolution. It has to be [an] evolution. I wanted to follow all those things that Manchester United stood for and felt that was the way to go about it.

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"I didn't think I was going to be under pressure after six or 10 months because that wasn't the club's values. Maybe I was naive and I should have realised that quicker.

"It was a squad which was changing and ­ageing, and very attached to the ­previous manager -- and rightly so. It was going to take a bit of time for them to get used to me but I wouldn't have changed or altered what I did."

Moyes' summer signing came in the form of a deadline-day move for Marouane Fellaini, who was signed from Everton for £27.5m.

He also added Juan Mata to his squad in the January transfer window for £37.1m from Chelsea, but his tenure at United would come to an end in April once he received the sack.

Should Moyes have had more time at United?

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Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, red devils, Fergie, Premier League, Champions League, Old Trafford

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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