Here's something sent in by a Manchester United fan:
'Unfortunately despite Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United CEO David Gill saying for years that they had 'the succession' covered, they don't appear to have actually considered what would happen if they both left at the same time!
I also find it incredible SAF apparently hadn't even told Gill he was leaving straight after making the decision, and only apparently did so in the end because Gill came to his house and told him HE was stepping down.
At that point, Gill should have delayed his Manchester United departure for a couple of months to ensure the club was properly covered for the transfer window. Leaving the green Woodward in charge - a man who hasn't ever bought a single player - with a new manager that's never operated at this level before was plain crazy.
However, once SAF decided he was going around January, there was still a great opportunity to get someone top class in as a replacement manager - irrespective of Gill going - as there were an unprecedented number of great managers available at the time.
Both Pep and Jose would have taken the job in an instant, and we also know now that Carlo Ancelotti (an ideal candidate) could have been prised from PSG if Manchester United had moved quickly enough. I also disagree that Jürgen Klopp would have refused the job. I think he would have taken it without a second thought; and he would have been my personal choice.
Klopp plays great, attacking football in keeping with Manchester United's history. And he is a proven winner - he beat a dominant Bayern Munich to the German title with a relatively small club - just as SAF did with Aberdeen all those years ago. And he is young enough that he could have stayed around at Old Trafford a long time. Not to mention the fantastic players at Dortmund that he may have attracted - you can bet Fellaini certainly wouldn't be wearing Red now!
Anyway, despite all this, Manchester United got David Moyes, a man who hasn't won so much as a raffle. But if we fail to make the top 4 - which could easily happen this year under Moyes - then hopefully SAF won't be his usual stubborn self, and accept that he got it wrong.
If not, then hopefully the Glazers will get rid of Moyes themselves - highly likely perhaps when they see next year's revenue projections if we fail to qualify for the Champions League. Personally, I'd move for Klopp asap. I certainly don't want to wait 6 years!'.
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