Sir Alex: United need to win

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says new manager David Moyes will never be able to escape expectation at Old Trafford.

Last Updated: 29/10/13 at 20:26 Post Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson: Says David Moyes will have to cope with expectation

Sir Alex Ferguson: Says David Moyes will have to cope with expectation

Moyes has endured a sticky start as Ferguson's successor, his new side only eighth in the table and eight points behind leaders Arsenal.

But Ferguson famously endured a testing time at the beginning of his own reign - and he was not following an icon who had enjoyed a trophy-laden 27 years in charge.

"The thing about coming to a club like United is you can never get away from the expectation and I learned about that quickly," said Ferguson, speaking at a question-and-answer session for a 1,700-strong audience at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester, where Moyes was a guest.

"I spent a lot of stupid time looking at history, getting out early results from the 10 previous seasons and it was doing me no good, I was getting nowhere with that.

"I learned you had to look at your own situation. Winning a trophy at any time is important at this club.

"I was there 27 years and that gave me time to look ahead.

"When clubs sack their manger they have no evidence it works. When a manager is consistent in his position the club does better and I strongly believe in that.

"David Moyes had 10 years at Everton and when he joined he inherited a 'sell, sell, sell' (policy) but he built the club up."

Rivalry

Ferguson, who made disparaging remarks about Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the book saying he was not a "top, top player", could not resist another dig at the Merseysiders.

However, he accepted it was because of the Anfield side's historic success that the rivalry between the two north west clubs was so fierce.

"Coming to United Liverpool were the top dogs, there were fantastic teams in the '70s and '80s winning their four European Cups - or whatever it was," he said.

"Our younger fans who have grown up don't remember when Liverpool were successful.

"They don't remember when we were fighting to get on top of Liverpool.

"The two clubs are the two most successful in Britain, that is obvious, so the rivalry is always going to be there."

Ferguson also had a swipe at the FA, which is currently in the process of beginning the long process of how to overhaul the game from grassroots level and improve coaching.

"What we are seeing at the moment which is really wrong is the FA are fast tracking players (into coaching) because they are internationals," he said.

"It is ridiculous. You don't do them any favours whatsoever because this is a difficult industry.

"They should be making sure the coaching qualifications are intense and difficult because by doing that you know you are giving them proper preparation."

The former United boss, who is also due to speak in Glasgow, Aberdeen, London and Dublin to promote his book - his second autobiography after 1999's Managing My Life - insisted he was ignoring the press's reaction to his revelations.

"I wrote the book for the fans - to let them understand why I had to make certain decisions - not for the press," Ferguson said.

"The book is to make people understand how difficult the [Manchester United] job is. It's a massive club, the biggest in the world, and that expectation is always there."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

an we get one on the similarities between this year's Arsenal and 5 years ago. Or any other number you care to pick frankly...it shouldn't be hard.

mc1728
Liverpool: Five Similiarities Five Years On

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property