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Moyes gives Van Gaal kiss of death

ESPN staff
August 17, 2014
Louis van Gaal has been backed by David Moyes, of all people © Getty Images
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In the latest edition of ESPN's Week in Words, Louis van Gaal gets the seal of approval from David Moyes while Jose Mourinho winds up Arsene Wenger again...

"In the second half we never played as a team, therefore I'm responsible"
Louis van Gaal suffered a loss at home to Swansea in his first Premier League match in charge of Manchester United

'It was the right job for me'

David Moyes says he should have been given more time at Old Trafford © Getty Images
  • David Moyes believes he took on "a near impossible job" as he tried and failed to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
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"What happened today [against Swansea] happened to me against West Brom, Newcastle, and Everton last year"
It wasn't just West Brom, Newcastle and Everton, was it David Moyes?

"Some [managers] have 10 years to win something, I have only two?"
Jose Mourinho does love a dig at Arsene Wenger, doesn't he?

"Who would have thought you'd bogey the last hole and still feel great?"
Kevin Sutherland was in jubilant mood after carding the Champions Tour's first 59 - despite narrowly missing out on a 58

"I blew it. It's a shame"
Andy Murray put it rather bluntly after his quarter-final defeat to Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters

"It's not the end, but there is a long road back"
Matt Prior will have surgery on his Achilles problem in September before undergoing four months of rehab

"When you go out on the pitch you lap pressure up. It is almost like a drug. You want more pressure"
Michael Owen has obviously been listening to Queen/David Bowie collaborations recently

"We have won in spite of that we have played our worst game"
Little did Van Gaal know what was in store for United against Swansea, having beaten Valencia 2-1

"I don't know if I can parade the Claret Jug and the Wanamaker Trophy at the same time at Old Trafford on Saturday but I will try"
Rory McIlroy opted for just the Claret Jug on Saturday. Given the result, it might be the only trophy Old Trafford glimpses this season...

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