New Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that he maintains regular contact with the retired Sir Alex Ferguson. The former Everton manager was hand-picked by Ferguson to be his successor, and now admits that he leans on his fellow Scot for advice from time to time.
“Sir Alex was at the game on Saturday and I shared some time with him and talked about the game,” Moyes told ManUtd.com. “I’ve not talked to him about Leverkusen, Sociedad and Shakhtar. But I speak to him quite regularly and talked to him recently about the number of games we’ve got coming up, and how he would usually use the squad at times like this.”
Ferguson remains at the club in an ambassadorial position, but has taken up an office away from Old Trafford and the club’s Carrington training ground so he doesn’t interfere with the new manager’s duties. When Ferguson retired it was feared by some supporters that his presence would cast too large a shadow for Moyes to work under, but those fears seem to be quelled early on, with Moyes asserting himself during the club’s training sessions as well as in press conferences with the media.
David Moyes is set to embark on his first European campaign with the Red Devils tonight when the club plays host to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Moyes’ predecessor won two Champions League crowns during his 26 years with the crown, which is a record Moyes will be hoping to improve on. Ferguson, meanwhile, is set to embark on his book tour ahead of his autobiography’s release, which will give unprecedented insight into his time at Old Trafford.