AS THE DUST settles on Manchester United’s lacklustre opening day defeat to Swansea, A David Moyes interview in the Daily Mail has the Scot saying he had no time to “succeed or fail” at Manchester United.
After taking over after Alex Ferguson’s 27-year reign, the ex-Everton boss labelled the job “impossible”, as United let him go less than a year into his six-year contract in April.
“It was a step into the unknown and, looking back now, it was near enough the impossible job,” Moyes said in an interview conducted early this week.
“But it was the right job for me. I’d been at Everton for more than 11 years. We’d qualified for the Champions League, got to an FA Cup final, I’d been voted manager of the season three times. I was among the most experienced managers in the Premier League. United had always had British managers.
“I was devastated to lose the job because it was something I felt I could make a real success of. We knew it was going to take time to make the necessary changes. It was going to take time to evolve.
“But we were in the process of making other important changes. In the end, I don’t feel I was given time to succeed or fail.”
Moyes said he saw similarities at United with long-time club Everton, where he conceded his start was also rusty before he lasted 11 years.
“It was not easy to begin with at Everton either. We had a couple of tough years before we had the club the way we wanted it,” Moyes said, “but the reason I went to United was because I thought I was joining a club that would give me time. That was the big thing.
“I didn’t want to change anything immediately. I wanted to take my time working out what I thought was needed.”