Sir Alex Ferguson insists David Moyes was the right option for Manchester United

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Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted it was not a mistake to hire David Moyes as his successor at Manchester United.

Ferguson left the Red Devils in 2013 after 27 years at the helm and was replaced by his compatriot. However, the former Everton boss was less successful and departed Old Trafford after 11 months.

The 20-time champions are still rebuilding following their seventh place finish under the current Real Sociedad manager, and Louis van Gaal was able to return the club to the Champions League last season.


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But Ferguson, who had a big role in choosing his successor in the north-west, believes they chose a 'good football man' in Moyes. 

He told the BBC: "We did the best under the circumstances we were in, we picked the right man.

"I don't think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man, unfortunately, it didn't work for David."

Ferguson does admit that the majority of the other candidates were already involved in projects when he notified David Gill of his decision to retire.

Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp, Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were all pre-occupied. The 72-year-old also had dinner with Pep Guardiola, but that was before he had decided to step down.


On the face of it, Moyes' spell at Old Trafford was nothing short of a disaster.

However, you could see the thought process behind his arrival. A footballing man who had shown dedication and consistency throughout his time at Goodison Park.

Working on a shoe-string budget he was able to turn the Merseyside club from relegation battlers to European hopefuls.

But it was always a big ask for him to take over a club like Manchester United. 

The Red Devils needed a manager who commanded respect from his players and had a history of winning silverware - much like Van Gaal.

Football has changed since Ferguson's arrival from Aberdeen in 1986. There is no longer time for managers to bed into the job, and that is what Moyes needed more than anything.

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