Irish jockey Ruby Walsh has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that a ‘good few’ Manchester United players have to be sold in the summer when the pair met at Cheltenham Festival.
Ferguson’s admission came prior to the defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City but still after the worst season to date in Manchester United’s Premier League history.
“I met Alex Ferguson in the changing room on the Friday at Cheltenham before racing and I asked him what was going on and he was telling me about buying this fella and he bought the wrong fella and I said to him that I told you five years ago you had to sell Nani and you wouldn’t,” he said.
“A lot of the players are the players he inherited from you and he said ‘Yeah, a good few of them have to go but it all depends on what shopping he does in the summer’.
“To be fair to David Moyes, who wanted the job from Alex Ferguson. You’re on a hiding to nothing.
“How are you going to make it better… you’re not.”
Did Fergie ever truly believe he was leaving behind a squad of young and experienced players who were capable of maintaining United’s standards or did he always know they would fall short?
It’s hard not to be suspicious because Fergie knew his squad better than anyone else and would have been well aware that it wasn’t good enough to compete.
As much as Manchester United’s players and David Moyes are at fault for the current situation we are in, Fergie has to take some of the blame for both leaving Moyes with the squad he has and, ultimately, appointing him in the first place.