Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at claims he was partly to blame for David Moyes’ disastrous 10-month tenure at Old Trafford.
Ferguson, who won 13 league titles during his 26-year reign as United boss, insisted Moyes had not inherited an ageing team and distanced himself from the common rumour that he had hand-picked the former Everton manager to succeed him.
He writes: “There appears to be an accepted view out there that there was no process. Nonsense. We feel we did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally.”
In the updated version of his 2013 autobiography – officially released on Thursday – Ferguson says that Moyes found the step up from Everton to Manchester United to be too great.
He goes on: “Maybe David felt that at such a massive club he had to be sure that all corners were covered in terms of his support system. I felt that network was already there, with plenty of great people already in important slots.”
Among other reasons, the legendary United gaffer blames Moyes’ style and tempo of play for the team’s downfall in the past 14 months.