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Moyes won't come close to Fergie, says ex-United boss

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Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty has insisted that current boss David Moyes will not emulate his predecessor's record "in a million years".

During his tenure at Old Trafford, Ferguson claimed 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies, and Docherty, who was in for five years from 1972, has shown empathy to the current manager. 

According to ESPN, Docherty said: “I feel sorry for David Moyes. How can you replace Fergie's record? You could live to be one million years old and not see it surpassed.

“But two years ago, when people started asking me who I thought would replace Fergie, I said Moyes and Martin O'Neill. Alex was the man behind his appointment. He did an incredible job at Everton with the resources he had at his disposal."

The Scotsman was in a similar position to that of Moyes when he took over, as he tried to mimic the success of legend Sir Matt Busby, who was manager prior to his appointment. 

The famous Busby was lead the club from 1945 up until 1969, with a brief stint again in 1970. 

The club were relegated under Docherty's watch in 1974, becoming the club's first demotion since 1937. However he managed to secure promotion the following season and seemed to be steering the club forward after FA Cup success in 1977, only to be later sacked for having an affair with the physiotherapist's wife. 

Docherty added: “The great thing for David is he has a six-year contract so, if they sack him next year, they'll need to give him five million pounds.”

Docherty went on: “If you are a failure as a manager today, you are a millionaire. You don't need to win anything. But I think David Moyes is an excellent manager and I hope things work out for him.”

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