Ferguson: Moyes tried to ‘display manhood’

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2015 10:34

Sir Alex Ferguson claims that David Moyes’ biggest mistake was trying to ‘display his manhood’ by changing the coaching staff at Manchester United.

The former United boss says that Moyes should have opted for continuity and kept Mike Phelan instead of bringing in former Everton assistant Steve Round.

In his new book Leading, Ferguson writes: ‘I’m sure there are things that David would do differently if he had the opportunity to relive his time at Old Trafford.

‘Such as keeping Mick Phelan who would have been the invaluable guide to the many layers of the club that Ryan Giggs is to Louis van Gaal today.

‘There is no point suddenly changing routines that players are comfortable with. It is counterproductive, saps morale and immediately provokes players to question the new man’s motives.

‘A leader who arrives in a new setting, or inherits a big role, needs to curb the impulse to display his manhood.’

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