Former Manchester United manager David Moyes warns Louis Van Gaal of Champions League failure
David Moyes has told Louis Van Gaal that Champions League qualification is a given if you’re in charge of Manchester United. The Red Devils succumbed to their seventh defeat of the season against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light as United put in another disappointing performance.
The ex-Everton head coach is well aware of the expectations and responsibilities that comes with the job after getting the sack himself.
Moyes was at the helm for only eight months and was in a similar position two years ago as United were struggling to obtain results. “I knew Manchester United need to qualify for the Champions League”. he told on Sky Sports Goals on Sunday.
“They are a club of status and want to be at that level, if not more. They want to be winning it if they can, never mind qualifying for it. That's what happens at Manchester United. It's that level” he added.
Moyes was unable to steer United to the top four places when he was at the helm in the 2013/14 season. That year United terminated Moyes’ contract after just ten months in charge.
Ryan Giggs oversaw the team for the last few games as the club finished seventh dropping out of the Champions League places for the fist time in 23 years, the previous occasion was when they finished 6th in 1991.
And now Louis Van Gaal finds himself in a similarly perilous situation with United currently 6 points behind Manchester City in the race for Champions League qualification
Having seen it all before Moyes can relate to Van Gaal’s situation and he sympathised with the 64-year-old saying, “There's so much media attention on Louis van Gaal just now. When I lost my job, he was lauded by everybody in football -- by you people, the media and everybody else. Now many of you are the ones saying he should lose his job.”
Despite his unsuccessful stint at the club Moyes’ defended his decision to take the job stating,"If you go to Manchester United, that's what you get. You get an awful lot of media attention. But I still believe I was the right person to take the job”.
Moyes admits he didn’t win enough at United
The Scottish manager was asked whether it was unfair he wasn’t given as much time as Van Gaal to which he replied, “I know that the reason I lost my job at Manchester United was I didn't win enough games. It's as simple as that”.
Van Gaal’s men have the home and away Europa league fixtures against Midtjylland in the next two weeks which also includes an FA Cup fifth round tie against Shrewsbury town before they welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford in the Premier League on the 26th of February.