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David Moyes Statement: Ex-Manchester United Manager Thanks Fans But Not Players

23/04/2014 13:14 BST | Updated 23/04/2014 13:59 BST

David Moyes has released a statement thanking Manchester United's fans and Sir Alex Ferguson, but did not extend his generosity to the players.

Moyes, sacked 10 months into a six-year contract as United manager, was undermined on numerous occasions by members of United's squad and declined to mention them in a dignified and complimentary response to his dismissal.

"To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud," Moyes said.

"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on.

"The scale of the manager's job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.

"We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League. However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.

"In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.

"I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United's manager. I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year's Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United."

Ryan Giggs, who was rumoured to have fallen out with Moyes, will take interim charge of United's final four games of the Barclays Premier League season.

Rio Ferdinand opined Moyes' selection policy was "driving him mad", Anderson, farmed out on loan to Fiorentina, claimed a number of United players "want out" and, following the Olympiakos humiliation, Robin van Persie questioned Moyes' tactics.

Javier Hernández endorsed speculation linking him with a move away from the club and, most recently, Danny Welbeck admitted he wanted to leave United on the day of Moyes' return to Everton.

Moyes was dismissed by United two days after his final game in charge, when Everton's 2-0 victory on Easter Sunday dashed any lingering hopes they had of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

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