Moyes gives the lowdown on United sacking
David Moyes has opened up on his ill-fated spell at Manchester United.
The former Everton manager was handpicked by United's legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him.
However, poor results cost and performances last season cost the Scot his job as he was sacked in April.
Moyes has now given his first in-depth interview since then as he spoke exclusively to the Mail on Sunday over a three-hour lunch.
During the candid chat, the 51-year-old revealed many things, like what transpired on the morning of April 22 - the day he got sacked.
Moyes spoke on why he felt a move to United was the right one despite the unrealistic task of following in Ferguson's footsteps:
"It was a step into the unknown and, looking back now, it was near enough the impossible job, 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."
He talked about how he felt he wasn't given enough time:
"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 also revealed the one thing he could not get over:
"In my mind I have moved on, but the way I lost my job is something I won’t forget."
With the benefit of hindsight, he admitted what he might have done differently:
"Instead of waiting until July 1, I’d have started immediately...I also went into the job thinking I want to do exactly what I did at Everton. I want to be the same person...But now, looking back, I think there might have to have been a slightly different approach. I might have altered the style in which I managed."
He also gave a glimpse at what could have been if United had succeeded in landing their transfer targets:
"We tried to bring players in during the summer transfer window but they didn’t materialise. It certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying...It’s been well documented that we wanted (Cesc) Fabregas, (Gareth) Bale and (Cristiano) Ronaldo."
Head over to the Mail Online to get the full interview.