He is the manager of the reigning Premier League champions, the coach of the only striker in England who was among the 12 shortlisted for the UEFA Team of the Year - Robin van Persie, he has Wayne Rooney at his disposal and is armed with presumably strong transfer war-chest ahead of the mid-season market but, regardless, a former student of David Moyes; Phil Jagielka, feels sorry for him.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Everton defender Jagielka explained that United's opening run of Premier League fixtures this season has been like a gauntlet, implying that clubs like Arsenal, for example, have capitalised on their own fortuitous list.
Jagielka also touched on the fact that while the club may be making moves to significantly bolster the squad in January, the players acquired may not be signed off by Moyes, but by other decision-makers at Old Trafford.
He said: 'I feel sorry for Moyes. The fixture list wasn’t that kind initially. The transfers in the summer, the people who were making those decisions, didn’t help him out one bit.'
Ryan Giggs, in contrast, believes the team have no time to feel sorry for themselves.
'We cannot feel sorry for ourselves for too long,' the Welshman said as reported by the club's official website following the defeat to Everton. 'We need to get on a run, before this we were on a 12-game unbeaten run. We have to get over this disappointment now.'
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