Sir Alex Ferguson has ‘revealed’ what we all already suspected: David Moyes was far from Manchester United’s Chosen One.
The former Manchester United manager writes in his new book ‘Leading’ that he had approached Pep Guardiola the year before he left the club in 2013.
‘I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club but he didn’t and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013,’ wrote Ferguson. ‘We established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable.
‘It became apparent that Jose Mourinho had given his word to Roman Abramovich that he would return to Chelsea and that Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him at Real Madrid. We also knew Jurgen Klopp was happy at Borussia Dortmund and would be signing a new contract. Louis van Gaal had undertaken to lead the Dutch attempt to win the 2014 World Cup.’
And so the club arrived at the name of David Moyes.
‘He had been consistent in his job at Everton, had a good spell there — 11 years and showed appetite,’ wrote Ferguson.
‘No one knew apart from the Glazers, David Gill and myself. When we appointed him, the press were enthusiastic for a British manager. Unfortunately, somehow it didn’t work out for David. The process was perfect. It was a good process.’