Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward today insisted that the club’s appointment of David Moyes in 2013 never actually happened.

Moyes took over from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson, after the latter brought an end to possibly the most successful managerial career of all time.

However, things did not go to plan for Moyes, and he was summarily dismissed towards the end of his first season in charge.

Speaking at a conference held to celebrate football’s success in the commercial market, Woodward told those in attendance: ‘Let’s make this perfectly clear once and for all. Manchester United never employed David Moyes in any capacity whatsoever. It never happened. Never. Happened.

‘People come up to me and ask, “What was the deal with Moyes? How could you replace the greatest manager of all time with a man whose sole achievement in football was to steer Everton through an untroubled period of mediocrity lasting over a decade?” To them I answer, “What are you saying? Who’s this Moyes fellow you’re talking about? I’ve never even heard of the man”’.

Woodward went on to say that the club’s records showed that, following Ferguson’s departure, Ryan Giggs took temporary charge for the entire 2013-14 season, waiting for Luis van Gaal to complete his tenure as national manager of the Dutch team, and that David Moyes never even stepped foot in either Old Trafford or the club’s Aon Training Complex during that time.