Manchester United’s decision to replace Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes boiled down to two things.
The Red Devils were unable to lure some of the biggest names in management, including Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
And according to Ferguson, Moyes showed “appetite” for the position - and his record at Everton stood him in good stead.
"I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club but he didn't and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013,” Ferguson wrote in his book ‘Leading’, per Sky Sports.
"When we started the process of looking for my replacement, we established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable.
"It became apparent that Jose Mourinho had given his word to Roman Abramovich that he would return to Chelsea and that Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him at Real Madrid.
"We also knew that Jurgen Klopp was happy at Borussia Dortmund and would be signing a new contract.”
Moyes' reign didn't go so well
Of course, Moyes didn’t even manage one whole season at Old Trafford. His successor, Louis van Gaal, fared little better.
Last summer, the club eventually got Mourinho and his first season has had its share of highlights.
One imagines Ferguson is impressed by United’s recent form. The Red Devils have lost just twice since the beginning of November.
The Scot, who spent 27 years as United’s boss, is a regular at Old Trafford and he certainly enjoyed their EFL Cup win over Southampton last month.
Fergie is "shy" around the camp
But Mourinho has had to make a real effort to get Fergie involved in the current setup. In an interview with Portuguese TV Channel SIC, the 54-year-old revealed how the United legend is “shy” around the squad, and that he’s made it his mission to make Ferguson “feel loved”.
“After I arrived he came in again,” Mourinho said. “He came back to visit the people he worked with for so many years. He traveled with us once again.
“And that’s what I said: ‘It doesn’t make sense that we’re playing in London and go on a private train and you Sir will go by car. You’re not going by car, no. Go by train with the team.’
Man United have to make him 'feel loved'
Mourinho added: “But he is so respectful that he becomes even a little shy in this approach. We have to make him feel loved. In our head there are no ghosts, no complexes, no such thing.
“There have been situations at the end of the game where Sir Bobby Charlton comes down, the executive director comes down, and he, who is with them, does not come to the dressing room.
“That kind of situation, I already said that makes absolutely no sense. That with me he has to be perfectly at ease to do it as a person of his dimension and who represents so much to the club.”
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