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EXCLUSIVE: Everton legend Reid blames Man Utd board for Moyes failure - maybe he's right?

David Moyes' ten month stint as Manchester United manager has been analysed, criticised, and more often than not, ridiculed.

By the time he was sacked, the former Everton boss won 27 out of 51 games, leaving the reigning Premier League champions in seventh place.

Some United fans have argued that he should have received more time, while others claim he was never the right man to be appointed in the first place.

Everton legend, and former manager of Manchester City and Sunderland, Peter Reid, offers a different explanation.

Speaking to Tribal Football, the Liverpudlian points out the discrepancies in the transfer money given to Moyes compared to both of his successors, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

"In the transfer market I think it's well documented that David wanted a few more top end players and they didn't get them in for whatever reason," said Reid.

"I mean he got [Marouane] Fellaini, and a lot of people had a go at Fellaini, but when he's fit he's invariably in Mourinho's squad. So would you call that a good buy? Yes.

"But I think when the likes of the players he tried to get, I think it was unfortunate on David that Manchester United recruitment in that summer wasn't good enough.

"Van Gaal won an FA cup, but he spent loads more money than David, [and] so did Mourinho."

Stories of Moyes' transfers failings that summer have been well documented.

Even the Scotsman himself admitted to being out of his depth when it came to the transfer funds he had been bestowed by the Red Devils.

He told the Independent in August 2013: "The level I've been shopping in the past is not the level Manchester United have been shopping in."

One summer he was enticing Bryan Oviedo to leave FC Copenhagen; the next, he was trying to lure Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

Gareth Bale also snubbed United that summer. As he revealed earlier this year, the then-Tottenham star decided to sign with Real Madrid despite the fact that United had offered him more money.

Instead, Moyes settled for Guillermo Varela, Sandy Janko and Fellaini.

Juan Mata would arrive from Chelsea in January, but by then it was too late.

Not wanting a repeat of the shambolic Moyes era, the Glazer's chequebook was well and truly open when Van Gaal became manager in the following summer.

By the end of the transfer window, the arrivals of Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo had cost them £145m.

Van Gaal finished the season with no trophies but was kept on for another campaign.

2015/16 saw United fork out another £103m for the Dutchman.

And what would they get in return? The FA cup.

Mourinho replaced van Gaal in 2016 and over the past two summers has spent £295m on just seven players.

He collected two trophies in his first campaign - three if you count the Community Shield. But after a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, United have fallen eleven points behind the league leaders, which makes winning the title this season seem highly unlikely, if not impossible.

For Moyes, his failures at both Sunderland and Real Sociedad after being fired by United have given credence to the idea that maybe he just isn't a great manager.

Last month however, he returned to the spotlight after taking on the unenviable task of leading West Ham United out of the relegation zone.

But as some would argue, this is where he feels more comfortable.

Moyes thrived with limited resources for over a decade at Everton, where he managed players that are far more similar to Angelo Ogbonna and Mark Noble than Fabregas and Bale.

And with a win over Chelsea last Saturday, things might finally be going right for Moyes for the first time since he left Goodison Park in 2013.

Whether United fans feel sympathy or disdain for Moyes after his short-lived stint as manager is besides the point. Either way, his Old Trafford legacy is looked upon universally as a failure.

But maybe Peter Reid is right. Maybe with more help from the United board, the future might have panned out differently for the heir of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Peter Reid has a new book out titled: Cheer Up Peter Reid: My Autobiography - you can purchase it by clicking on the link here.

Andrew Maclean
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