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New Sunderland boss David Moyes has insisted that he was unfairly treated during his time at Manchester United. The former Everton boss was appointed as Manchester United manager in 2013 on a six year contract only to be given the axe after 10 months.

“I’ve said all along I was unfairly treated,” said Moyes.“When you sign a six-year contract and you end up there ten months, yeah, I believe I was [treated badly].”

“Ultimately the key is to win football matches. 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 that have gone on since then, that would actually justify that even more so,” Moyes added.

The last part of his statement was clearly aimed at Luis Van Gaal, a manager with an undeniable reputation, who was sacked after failing to live up to the expectations set after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

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Moyes went on to say that his time in Manchester had made him a better boss and added: “It gave me 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, because that is what I saw in the time I was there,” he said.

“You don’t get offered the Real Madrid job, the Barcelona job, the Manchester United job, if you’ve not had something to suggest there’s a reason for it.

“I don’t think I have anything to prove to anybody else, but I am always proving to myself that I want to keep my standards high.

“I think I’ve got the fourth best win record in the Premier League out of all the managers. If I can even bring a bit of that to Sunderland, that will make a difference,” he added.

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Having long sought to end up a club like Everton ever since re-entering the top flight in 2007, Sunderland now have at their disposal the man who was in charge of changing the Toffees’ fortunes.

Ellis Short, Sunderland’s owner, even guaranteed a week ago that he had got an upgrade on Allardyce, regardless of the possibility that it took three attempts to induce Moyes to take the job.