Sir Alex Ferguson denies being involved in David Moyes appointment

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Sir Alex Ferguson has played down his involvement in the appointment of David Moyes as his successor at Manchester United, and admitted that the former Everton manager was overawed by the job.

Moyes lasted just 10 months at Old Trafford after being named as Ferguson's successor, following the legendary manager's decision to step down after more than 26 years in charge in 2013.

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Under Moyes, Manchester United slumped to their worst ever Premier League finish last term, meaning they failed to qualify for the Champions League too. It has long been assumed that Ferguson hand-picked the man he wanted to succeed him, but according to his updated autobiography that wasn't necessarily the case.

"There appears to be an accepted view out there that there was no process. Nonsense," he wrote. "We feel we did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally."

The 72-year-old also believes that Moyes, who had spent 11 years with Everton prior to getting the job at Manchester United, couldn't quite cope with the demands of taking up the reins at Old Trafford. "He hadn't realised just how big United is as a club," he explained.

He added: "Chelsea started the current season as favourites for the title, with a squad that also had six players in their 30s. I don't hear any grumbles about the age of their group."

Moyes broke his silence on his time with the Red Devils last week, and accused Manchester United of promising him time to turn things around, only to pull the plug early when times got tough.

Louis van Gaal was named as Moyes' long-term successor at Manchester United, and has found it just as difficult as Moyes to turn things around. The Dutchman oversaw just one win in his first five Premier League games in charge - but picked up back-to-back wins against West Ham and Everton which moved them up to fourth.

However they were bought back down to earth with a 2-2 draw against West Brom, and take on table-toppers Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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