David Moyes says he would take Manchester United job again

The 52-year-old Scotsman was dismissed after failing to qualify for the Champions League during the 2013/14 season

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David Moyes has admitted he would take the Manchester United manager’s job again despite his previous difficult spell at the club.

The 52-year-old Scotsman was appointed as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson but did not emulate the legendary manager’s achievements, failing to qualify for the Champions League in his first year.

Moyes was dismissed from his role at Old Trafford before the end of the 2013/14 season following a 3-0 defeat to former club Everton but, while speaking to The Clare Balding Show on BT Sport, he revealed that he would take the chance to manage the club again.

“I wouldn’t have done anything different. I would have only done it different if I’d known it was 10 months instead of 6 years,” he 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 did, however, lend his full support to the current incumbent, Louis van Gaal, despite speculation over the Dutchman’s future at the club.

United have not won in their last eight games across all competitions. Their goalless draw against Chelsea on Monday night ended a run of four straight defeats.

“After Sir Alex the job was going to be very difficult. It was going to take time to rebuild, it was a rebuilding job at Manchester United,” Moyes told The Clare Balding Show.

“You’ve got to remember David Gill left, he was a big influence at Manchester United. I think even 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.”

Watch the full interview with David Moyes on The Clare Balding Show tomorrow from 8.00pm on BT Sport 1.