David Moyes has warned Manchester United fans that it may be some time before the club reaches the very highest level once again.
Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Man United in 2013 but oversaw a disastrous campaign in which the club failed to qualify for the Champions League.
The Scot was sacked and replaced by Louis van Gaal, who has steered the team back into Europe’s elite competition and two points off the top of the Premier League table. However, some fans have voiced their disapproval over van Gaal’s style of play at Old Trafford.
Moyes insisted getting United back to the top was always going to be a long-term project.
“Whoever is manager was going to find it difficult and I think they are going to find it difficult for quite a period to come,” Moyes said.
“Following Sir Alex and the success he had over numerous years was going to be hard for anybody to follow. It was difficult for me. I was only in very quickly, I think it is a bigger job – it is a longer term job. I don’t think it’s a short-term job to get Manchester United back.”
Moyes moved on to Real Sociedad last year but he was recently sacked having failed to get anywhere with the La Liga club. While van Gaal has his critics, it is clear he is making decisions at United with the long-term firmly in mind. A number of young players have joined the club and the foundations are there for success in the coming years.