Mourinho: Moyes had good players

Jose Mourinho said he would have loved to have inherited some of the players that David Moyes had during the Scot’s time at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United manager was talking ahead of Moyes’ first return to United since being sacked in April 2014 – just 10 months into the job.

Mourinho’s comments come several days after Sunderland boss Moyes complained about missing out on several top players during his time at United. The former Everton coach said his 10-month reign at United could have been very different if he had managed to land transfer targets including Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos.

Nevertheless, Mourinho said that while following on from Sir Alex Ferguson was tough, Moyes’ task was made easier by the quality of the squad.

"I wouldn't mind to be at a club with great expectations, but to have Ryan Giggs and 'Chicharito' [Javier Hernandez] and [Nemanja] Vidic still in the team, [Patrice] Evra too… I wouldn't mind," Mourinho said.

Talking about his own experience at United, Mourinho said: "I don't feel it [the expectations at United] as a burden. I feel the great history of the club as only a positive thing and not a negative thing. The problem is whether you have the conditions to follow that success of history. If not, then that's a different story.

"There are generations and in a certain period, when David came, the situation was not so easy to go in that winning direction. At the same time – I think this is even more important – the Premier League was changing.

"Periods of domination now belong to the past because the Premier League was going already in an incredible direction and it is what it is now."

Mourinho added that being sacked is not always a bad thing in the career of a manager.

"I think a manager that is not sacked is not a manager, or at least is not a good manager. We have to be sacked,” he said.

"So I think it was just a bad moment in David's career and he has to do what I did, what we all do, move on — and he did that.

"I think after Manchester United he went to Spain, also a different experience for him, then back to England, back in the Premier League.

"I think he moved on and this is what we have to do. He has to move on, enjoy his family and a new job will arrive. I'm like this. I'm pragmatic. No problem. It's part of football."