Sir Alex Ferguson has updated his autobiography to include details of David Moyes’ eight months in charge as his replacement.
Ferguson reveals that when the newspapers broke the story that Moyes was going to be sacked following the 2-0 defeat against Everton, he received a text from Moyes asking whether there was any truth to the rumours.
At the same time, David Moyes texted me. I wasn’t sure what to say to him because I was unsure what was happening at that exact moment. I spoke to Ed when I got back to Manchester and established that a final decision had been made. I knew Ed wanted to tell David Moyes in person the following day and that we had come to the end of David’s time at Old Trafford.
Ferguson believes one of Moyes’ problems was the lack of pace during United’s performances, something Moyes seemingly failed to identify.
The pace of play slowed down a touch. The reason for playing at speed was that United players had been accustomed to operating that way. If the tempo slowed for any reason, I would be into them at half-time. “This is not us,” I would say. Playing with speed never hindered our results. It was our way: energy and determination in the last third of the pitch.