David Moyes has again suggested that he was not given a fair trial by Manchester United.
The Scottish tactician replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in the summer of 2013, putting pen to a six-year contract, having spent the previous 11 years with Everton.
Three years on and Moyes finds himself as manager of Sunderland, via a failed stint in Spain with Real Sociedad, but feels that his disappointment at Old Trafford could have been avoided if he were given more time to prove himself.
“You don’t get offered those big jobs – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United – for no reason,” he said.
“I’ve said all along I was unfairly treated there. When you sign a six-year contract and you end up with 10 months … yeah, I believe I was.
“I didn’t win enough football matches but you must say there were mitigating circumstances. And I think you could say there are maybe things which have gone on since then that would actually justify that even more so.
“What my time at Manchester United gave me is an unbelievable idea of what it is at the top. I believe that’s where I can work and that’s where I should be working, and my level is that.”