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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believes that the club needs to give current boss Louis van Gaal more time.
Van Gaal has come under fire after United’s run of eight games without a win in all competitions and three losses in the last four league games. Moyes, 52, only lasted 34 games at the helm of the club as he took over after legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes says that the club doesn’t want to act too quickly and become a club that fires the manager at the first sign of trouble.
“After Sir Alex, the job was going to be very difficult,” Moyes told BT Sport. “It was going to take time to rebuild, it was a rebuilding job at Manchester United. You’ve got to remember David Gill [the chief executive] left, he was a big influence.
“I think what Manchester United stand for is they keep their managers, they’ve always supported their managers. I hope they stick with Louis van Gaal, he deserves more time. It’s still a work in progress for him, he’s made some signings, from my experience in Spain it will take time for players from abroad to settle in. So I think they should stick with it. They don’t want to become a club which continuously changes their manager.”
Moyes also said that he wouldn’t have done anything different during his time in charge if he could go back in time.
“I wouldn’t have done anything different. I would have only done it different if I’d known it was 10 months instead of six years,” Moyes said. “My understanding 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. They 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 very few managers in the world who wouldn’t want to manage Manchester United.”
Moyes was recently let go as head coach for Spanish side Real Sociedad.