Sir Alex Ferguson: I did not leave Man United in bad shape

Sir Alex Ferguson insists that he left Manchester United in good shape

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that he did not leave Manchester United in bad shape when he called time on his 26-year reign at Old Trafford last year.

The Scot opted to retire at the end of the 2012-13 season after guiding the Red Devils to the Premier League title.

However, United struggled following Ferguson’s retirement as they slumped to a seventh-placed finish during David Moyes’ doomed reign last term.

But Ferguson insists that he did not leave behind a weak squad for his successors.

“That’s an insult,” Ferguson said, speaking at an event in London. “We’d just won title by 11 points.

“We’d left young players there – [Phil] Jones, [Chris] Smalling, [Danny] Welbeck. There were other players there – [Robin] Van Persie, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Michael] Carrick and so on. Good players.

“[Chelsea striker Didier] Drogba is 36 and he scored at Old Trafford today. Van Persie is 32. My best signing was Carrington. The facilities there are first class.”

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