Sir Alex Ferguson ends silence over David Moyes’ sacking at Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly unhappy with how Manchester United handled the sacking of David Moyes

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Ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson Photo: The Sport Review

Sir Alex Ferguson has ended his silence on Manchester United’s decision to sack David Moyes, criticising the club’s handling of the Scot’s departure.

The 50-year-old’s Red Devils reign was brought to an end on Tuesday morning after relentless speculation that Moyes was on the verge of the axe following the 2-0 loss to Everton at the weekend.

It’s upsetting the way it came out

Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes had to endure a day of heavy speculation surrounding his position on Monday, with the 20-time English champions refusing to comment on rumours about their manager.

And United legend Ferguson, who earmarked Moyes as his successor at Old Trafford, criticised the Red Devils’s approach to sacking the former Everton manager.

“It’s upsetting the way it came out,” Ferguson is quoted as saying by the Times at a charity lunch in Manchester on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Moyes thanked the 71-year-old United legend as the sacked Red Devils manager issued a statement after his 10-month tenure had been brought to an end.

“To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud,” said Moyes.

“Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on.

“The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.

“We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Premier League and the Champions League.

“However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.

The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work

David Moyes

“In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.

“I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United’s manager.

“I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United.”

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