David Moyes: I'd love another chance to manage United
Published 31/12/2015 | 02:30
David Moyes would love the chance to go back and manage Manchester United but he is urging the club to avoid a repeat of his early sacking and keep faith with Louis van Gaal.
Moyes was given less than a year in charge at Old Trafford as Alex Ferguson's successor but he has insisted that his approach to the job would only have altered had he known he would not be kept on for the duration of his six-year contract.
"I would have only done it differently if I'd known it was 10 months instead of six years," he said. "My under-standing was that I was going to a club which always looked after their managers, even when they were in trouble and it wasn't going well, you got your time to sort things out. I was under that illusion when I was there.
"I had a great group of players who had recently won the Premier League under Sir Alex, but it was going to take time for that to change, evolve and, of course, there was going to have to be a changeover of players in time. But it couldn't be done in 10 months. Would I take the job again? Of course, I would. There are few managers in the world who wouldn't want to manage United."
Moyes was sacked in April 2014 as United headed for a seventh-place finish in the Premier League. But Moyes' record at this stage of the one season he was given at United is superior to that of Van Gaal in the current campaign.
Under Moyes in 2013-14, United had 34 points at the halfway stage, compared to the 30 they have now, and also reached the semi-finals of the Leauge Cup and the last eight of the Champions League.
Van Gaal guided United to fourth last season but their Champions League return lasted only as far as the group stage and United have bowed out of the League Cup to lower league opposition in the Dutchman's first two seasons in charge. They are now sixth in the league and are in the Europa League, but Moyles said: "I hope they stick with Louis van Gaal, he deserves more time. It's still a work in progress for him."
Moyes, sacked by Real Sociedad in November and seeking a return to management, believes out-of-sorts Wayne Rooney, whom he managed at Everton and United, can lead the revival. He said: "There's plenty more life in him." (© Daily Telegraph, London)