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Moyes hits out at weak squad

ESPN staff
April 23, 2014
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David Moyes claimed the Manchester United squad requires "fundamental rebuilding" in a parting shot at the players who may have helped him get the sack.

The former Manchester United manager has made his first statement since being jettisoned by the club on Tuesday through the League Managers' Association and, in it, took a swipe at the stars who reportedly turned against him.

Moyes said: "The scale of the manager's job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work.

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"We were committed to the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Premier League and the Champions League."

Despite the swipe, which could also be aimed at Sir Alex Ferguson for the legacy he left, Moyes insisted he remains in the debt of the predecessor who a hand in the decision to sack him.

"I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year's Champions League," Moyes said. "I remain grateful to Sir Alex for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United.

"To have been appointed as manager of one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge.

Moyes' criticism of the quality of his squad may not go down well with United's supporters, whom he praised for their backing, after Ferguson guided United to the league title last season.

While there is widespread acknowledgement that United need to strengthen, detractors may also point to Moyes' outlay of £64.6 million on Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata as big signings he made that have yet to succeed.

Ryan Giggs will have the chance to further undermine Moyes' credibility as United manager in the next four games as he takes charge of the team - with the help of fellow Class of 92 members Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville - for the final four games of the season.

An upturn in results may further sully the story of the Moyes' episode at United but the Scot admitted what he had achieved - albeit in a time of change - was not good enough.

Moyes said: "During this period of transition, performances and results have not been what United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.

"I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United's manager."

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