Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he tried to persuade David Moyes to keep Mike Phelan on as assistant manager after he stepped down as Manchester United manager in 2013, but the Scot rejected his wishes.
When Moyes took the helm at Old Trafford he replaced many of the back-room staff, who had been oh so successful under Ferguson, and replaced them with his own personnel.
This included assistant manager Phelan, whom many credited as having had a big influence on the successes that the squad had been enjoying prior to Ferguson’s retirement.
Now, in an update to his autobiography, published by The Guardian, the legendary United boss has revealed that he asked Moyes to retain the services of Phelan, as he felt the most important positions in the club were already filled with the ideal people.
“Maybe David felt that at such a massive club he had to be sure that all corners were covered in terms of his support system," Ferguson said.
"I felt that network was already there, with plenty of great people already in important slots.”
The interview in question offers Ferguson’s opinion on many aspects of his successor’s reign, which quickly assumed a downward spiral before resulting in Moyes’s sacking less than a year into his tenure.
The former Everton boss never truly got to grips with the demands of the jobs and, despite the fact that there were those who believe he deserved more time, a seventh-placed finish wasn’t ultimately deemed good enough.
Since his well-publicised departure Louis van Gaal has been charged with the task of restoring the Red Devils to their former glory, with over £150 million having been spent on luring some of the biggest names in European football to Old Trafford.
Van Gaal fortunes
Regardless of the fact that this season they are bereft of Champions League football Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao have both signed up to Van Gaal’s revolution, and the star-studded team are beginning to find their feet.
Yesterday’s 2-2 draw away at West Brom means United have picked up points in four of their last five games, with the shock 5-3 defeat at Leicester City being the exceptional result.
The Red Devils will be given a mid-week rest given the fact that they’re not participating in any European competitions this season, before hosting Chelsea in arguably the toughest fixture of the campaign so far.
Jose Mourinho’s Blues are sitting at the Premier League’s summit, having won seven and drawn just one of their games so far, and will represent a real test for Van Gaal’s superstars.