Sir Alex Ferguson has been left 'upset' by the way his friend David Moyes was sacked by Manchester United and backed him to the very end, reports the Sun.
Speaking to an audience of 300 at a charity lunch, Ferguson spoke out for the first time following Moyes' dismissal. The former boss said he found it "upsetting the way it came out".
Ferguson's dismay was expected - he handpicked Moyes to replace him last summer and, after 27-years of success, the board trusted his judgement.
However, a disastrous season, which has seen Manchester United slip to seventh in the Premier League table, left the board with little other option but to cut Moyes' stay at Old Trafford short.
It has now been revealed that Ferguson pleaded with the board to give Moyes more time, insisting that his friend and compatriot would eventually come good.
The rest of the Manchester United board insisted to Ferguson that something drastic needed to change and were adamant sacking Moyes was the only way. Ferguson agreed that changes were needed but believed sacking Moyes sent out the wrong message.
This summer is set to be a crucial one for Manchester United as they prepare to spend an unprecedented sum to rebuild the Old Trafford squad.
The board had reservations of handing over a blank cheque to Moyes with his ability to manage a top team under serious question.
Attention now turns to hiring a new manager with someone with a track record at the top likely to succeed Ferguson's failed protege.
Carlo Ancelotti and Louis van Gaal sit at the top of the shortlist while Ryan Giggs is set to stay in charge for the rest of the season.