Jose Mourinho: Manchester United Manager Sympathizes with David Moyes Ahead of Sunderland Showdown

David Moyes, left, with Jose Mourinho
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes, left, with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, August 26, 2013. Moyes returns to United for the first time since his sacking on Boxing Day. Alex Livesey/Getty

Jose Mourinho has admitted feeling sympathy for David Moyes as present and former Manchester United managers prepare to meet on Boxing Day.

Moyes took over at United in the summer of 2013 from Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 38 trophies in a 26-year career at Old Trafford.

But despite reaching a UEFA Champions League quarter-final under Moyes, United parted company with the Scotsman in April of 2014 with the club seventh in the English Premier League.

Monday's game between United and Sunderland at Old Trafford will be Moyes' first since his sacking. The 53-year-old spent a year in charge of Real Sociedad in Spain before returning to England at the start of this season to manage Sunderland.

"I think a manager that's not sacked is not a manager, or at least is not a good manager," Mourinho said. "We have to be sacked. So I think it was just a bad moment in David's career and he has to do what I did [after leaving Chelsea], what we all do, move on and he did that. After Manchester United he went to Spain, also a different experience for him, then back to England, back in the Premier League. He moved on and this is what we have to do and [Alan] Pardew has to do the same."

Mourinho was himself sacked by Chelsea, for the second time in his career, in December 2015 following a debilitatingly poor start to the defense of its Premier League title.

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