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David Moyes says he felt "unfairly treated" at being sacked by Manchester United just 10 months into a six-year contract at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils appointed Everton boss Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor in the Old Trafford hot-seat in the summer of 2013, only to sack him in April of the following year after United missed out on a Champions League spot for the first time since 1995.
Moyes admits results were not good enough, but says he should have been given more time to restructure the squad in his own image following Ferguson's 26-year tenure as United manager.
"The reason I lost my job at Manchester United was that I didn't win enough games," Moyes told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday programme.
"But I think I was unfairly treated that you don't get the time to do the job. I think if I knew I was only going to have 10 months and not six years I might not have taken my time.
"There was never any rush to do anything because I had six years to do the job. It was going to take a little bit of time to change things round. There was rebuilding to be done.
"I was fortunate to take over the champions from Sir Alex Ferguson but I think that team had probably had its journey and was going to need change.
"'I was fortunate to take over the champions, but when you are given six years you expect to be given that."
Moyes says he feels some sympathy for his successor Louis van Gaal, who is under-pressure in his second season at United with the team six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the final Champions League position, having played a game more.
"There's so much media attention on Louis van Gaal just now," Moyes said.
"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."