West Ham boss scouted Moyes as a player... and saw him get sent off!

David Moyes

Sam Allardyce’s has told of his role in bringing David Moyes to Preston North End.

The Manchester United boss received a much-needed boost with his side’s dramatic passage to the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday at Olympiakos’ expense.

Focus has now turned to the weekend’s clash with West Ham United at Upton Park as pundits and supporters alike wade through the implications of the midweek victory for the Red Devils.

Hammers boss Allardyce has taken a step back into the past, however, to share a tale of his place in his counterpart’s personal history.

The Englishman spent time as a youth coach at Preston under John Beck in the twilight of his playing career, having served as caretaker manager prior to his countryman’s appointment.

In 1993 Allardyce was dispatched to Scotland by Beck to scout a Dunfermline player in a contest with Falkirk - one David Moyes.

And the man now at the helm for United impressed, even if he didn’t last long on the day.

“He got sent off after about 38 minutes,” Allardyce said of what he saw, reported The Mail. “I’d driven all the way up to Scotland, John Beck sent me to watch him.

“But even in the 38 minutes I knew he would benefit Preston all-day long.”

And he would indeed. Allardyce left Deepdale the following year to take over at Blackpool, but the Scot would see out his days on the pitch at Preston to land on the bench for the club in 1998.

Moyes took the side from Division Two strugglers to the brink of Premier League promotion in four years at the helm winning his former job at Everton in March 2002.

And the rest is history, as they say.

History that isn’t entirely written, however, with massive work to be done at Old Trafford.

Moyes will need the same type of transformation he inspired at Preston to come about at Carrington to propel United back to the lofty heights accustomed to under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The journey continues on at the weekend at Upton Park in opposition to the man that played a role in setting Moyes on his current path.

He’ll need to impress Allardyce once again to further his ambitions this time around - albeit in an entirely different capacity, with a different goal in mind.

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