With Sir Alex Ferguson announcing in 2013 that he would be retiring from the role he had held for the previous 27 years, the legacy he left behind made filling his boots an almost impossible task for any manager. Most United fans would have been disappointed that Pep Guardiola had already committed his future to Bayern Munich, but the likes of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti were all possibilities. Instead, Sir Alex recommended David Moyes of Everton - the worst and most damaging decision the legendary manager made in his quarter-century stretch at United.
It was damaging for all parties concerned. United have had a terrible season, David Moyes is now the laughing stock of European football, and Sir Alex himself has taken one on the chin given that Moyes was his ‘Chosen One.’ Such was (and still is) the status of Sir Alex at Old Trafford that his decisions are hardly ever scrutinised. Why would they be? He did everything his own way, and in doing so, made United the biggest club in the world. So when it was announced that he had selected Moyes as his successor, a large proportion of United fans were completely content with the decision. It made sense, but more importantly, it was a decision made by Sir Alex – and he can’t be wrong, can he?