One former Manchester United manager has been reflecting on the tenure of another.
Ferguson is set to release an updated version of his autobiography, with a section focusing specifically on the man the older Scot tasked with taking over following his shock departure.
The book is not officially released until Thursday, but the Guardian has published extracts which reveal what Ferguson thought of the former Everton boss’s time at the helm.
Moyes was sacked before he had the chance to oversee an entire season at United, temporarily replaced by Ryan Giggs before Louis van Gaal took permanent charge in the summer.
But while Ferguson has always backed Moyes, he believes his successor was not aware of the size of the task he was taking on.
“He hadn’t realised just how big United is as a club,” Ferguson wrote, before going on to talk about the slower style the club adopted under Moyes.
“The reason for playing at speed was that United players had been accustomed to operating that way,” Ferguson went on. “If the tempo slowed for any reason, I would be into them at half-time. ‘This is not us,’ I would say.
But it certainly became the United way – at least for a while – under Moyes.
Ferguson went on to explain how he saw the pressure take its toll on his countryman.
“As the results deteriorated, each defeat was a hammer blow to him,” he said. “I could see that in his demeanour.”
Moyes has recently revealed he is ready to get back into management, and given his outstanding achievements at Everton, there will be no shortage of offers on the table in due course.
In fact when you consider United’s away record under Moyes compared with this season under van Gaal, there is reason to say he enjoyed many small successes in his time at Old Trafford. The only problem was, the club were accustomed to big ones.