Ferguson: Football is priority
Sir Alex Ferguson insists football will remain the priority at
Manchester United when David Moyes takes over at Old Trafford.
Ferguson’s exit as United boss has sparked concerns that
United’s ever-growing commercial arm will become even more
With suggestions that Moyes will not have the power to resist
their demands as Ferguson has been able to.
And with the Scot remaining on the club’s board, he is certain
his successor will have no such problems.
“The priority is the football team,” Ferguson said.
“Without the football team they wouldn’t have all the
“Everyone knows that here.
“David will soon realise the enormity of this club,” Ferguson
“Although I think he does already, he has to fit into the global
brand and number of sponsors we’ve got.
“I don’t think that is an issue. He’s got a good squad of
players and he’ll want to add to that himself.
“I’ve spoken to David a few times. He will have his own ideas
and I would imagine he will want to come in quite soon and speak to
And, speaking ahead of his final game in charge of Manchester
United on Sunday, Ferguson added: “People used to say to me ‘do you
think this one will be a manager or manage United’ about players
who are not even in the job now.
“Football is that kind of industry..
“When you’re assessing the job here you have to get somebody who
has the longevity and the experience over a long time to manage
“That is why David was above everyone else.
“I hope (he can be there for a long time).
“It’s the one club he could do that at. We’ve shown great
loyalty to our managers.”