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Sunday 20 August 2017

Alex Ferguson - United decline not my fault

Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the process which led to the recruitment of former Manchester United manager David Moyes
Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the process which led to the recruitment of former Manchester United manager David Moyes

Alex Ferguson has blasted suggestions that he is partly to blame for Manchester United's decline.

The former United boss dismisses as 'absurd' the idea that he left behind an ageing team and an "antiquated" club, while denying that he was solely responsible for the appointment of David Moyes.

Ferguson (left) described as "nonsense" the suggestion that Moyes had inherited a team in decline and says the problem for the former Everton manager was that he had found it "a massive jump" to move to Old Trafford.

"He hadn't realised just how big United is as a club," Ferguson writes.

The Scot offers his first detailed account of the Moyes era in his updated book 'My Autobiography' - and identifies how his successor went against United traditions by adopting a slower playing style.

"The reason for playing at speed was that United players had been accustomed to operating that way," he writes. "If the tempo slowed, I would be into them at half-time."

Ferguson reveals that he was completely left out of the loop when the decision was made to sack Moyes and, equally, makes it look the same when the club appointed the "formidable" Louis van Gaal.

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