Fergie gave Chosen One hospital pass by forcing him into impossible job
'Your job now is to stand by our new manager" – the famous words of Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford during his self-indulgent farewell speech last May. Eleven months later, and Manchester United have followed the lead of the club's fans in doing anything but standing by David Moyes.
Was this the plan all along? Anyone with eyes could see replacing Ferguson was an impossible job. United's own history told us as much. Perhaps a short-term failure was needed to save themselves from years in the wilderness. Whoever comes in now will compare favourably to Moyes, and Ferguson will be more of a distant, fond memory.
Could it be that Moyes was just a patsy, set up to be the fall guy for the United transition?