Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United at the right time, according to Bayern Munich icon Franz Beckenbauer.
The 68-year-old, who won the FIFA World Cup with Germany as both a player and coach, was asked what he thought of David Moyes' side's performance in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
United took the lead but eventually slumped to a 3-1 defeat against the reigning European champions - and Beckenbauer believes, on the evidence of both legs of the quarter-finals, that Ferguson was smart to leave the Red Devils at the end of last season.
"I think that Sir Alex Ferguson got on the right train and left at the right time," he told Sky, according to Goal.com.
Some have accused Ferguson of jumping ship and appointing Moyes as his successor after 26 years at Old Trafford because he was aware his side were entering decline - and that a complete overhaul was required.
United won last season's Premier League title by 11 points, but then failed to match the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in last summer's transfer window. This, ultimately, has affected the Red Devils' entire campaign, while the addition of Juan Mata in January has only recently begun to improve results.
Moyes is expected to be given a second season in charge at Old Trafford despite a disastrous debut campaign. Ferguson, meanwhile, will start a teaching position at the world-famous Harvard University in May.