Moyes was hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson when he walked away from Old Trafford, however his fellow Scotsman failed to deliver the instant success the United board clearly craved and he was sacked within a year.
And now the Sunderland boss believes the Red Devils’ recent slump shows that his underwhelming spell time at United was not solely his fault.
United chose a higher profile candidate in Louis Van Gaal to replace Moyes, however the Dutchman was also sacked after two poor seasons, with Mourinho now sitting in the hotseat.
“In some ways it does show that it maybe was not just down to Moyes,” he told The Mirror.
“Do Mourinho and Van Gaal’s struggles put my reign in context? I am glad you are saying that, because I have always felt that.”
Moyes added, “The Manchester United job will be tough for anybody who takes it, whether it be Mourinho, Van Gaal or Moyes. It is always going to be a tough job, because you are following probably the finest manager in our time.
“I had my time there, and it has passed on to somebody else. I am just saying it is a great job. Jose is a top manager, as was LVG, but it is difficult for whoever goes to Manchester United.
“I felt that it would take time, but it is football.”
Manchester United currently occupy 8th place in the Premier League, while Sunderland are languishing at the foot of the table.