Sir Alex Ferguson tells jockey - 'Moyes must axe flops'

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Sir Alex Ferguson has backed David Moyes to get rid of several players during the summer transfer window.

Jockey Ruby Walsh claims Ferguson discussed all things Manchester United at Cheltenham earlier this month and the legendary Scotsman said Moyes must axe a number of his failing stars.

Ferguson handed over the reins to Moyes at the end of next season as the former Manchester United manager decided to retire.

Moyes inherited the majority of Manchester United's squad - barring Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata - from Ferguson, however the Old Trafford director believes his successor should bin a number of his former stars.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Walsh said on his discussion with Ferguson: "I met Alex Ferguson in the changing room on the Friday at Cheltenham before racing and I asked him what was going on and he was telling me about buying this fella and he bought the wrong fella and I said to him that I told you five years ago you had to sell Nani and you wouldn't.

"A lot of the players are the players he inherited from you and he said 'Yeah, a good few of them have to go but it all depends on what shopping he does in the summer.

"To be fair to David Moyes, who wanted the job from Alex Ferguson. You're on a hiding to nothing. How are you going to keep going what Alex Ferguson had, how are you going to make it better? You're not. You're on a one-way ticket before you start."

Moyes is under severe pressure to turn things around at Old Trafford after a nightmare first season at Manchester United thus far.

The Premier League champions are currently languishing in seventh spot and are out of both domestic cup competitions.

Moyes' only hope of winning a trophy in his first season in charge of Manchester United will come in the Champions League - however the north-west giants face current holders Bayern Munich in the next round of the competition.

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