Ferguson tells Moyes not to dwell on past United glories
ALEX FERGUSON has told David Moyes to look to the future and not the glories of the past if he is to become a success at Old Trafford.
Moyes – along with former assistant manager Mike Phelan, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law – was a guest in the audience to hear his fellow Scot spend an hour recounting tales and experiences from his career.
"The thing about coming to a club like United is you can never get away from the expectation and I learned about that quickly," said Ferguson at a question and answer session for a 1,700-strong audience in Manchester to coincide with the publication of his autobiography.
"I spent a lot of stupid time looking at history, getting out early results from the 10 previous seasons and it was doing me no good, I was getting nowhere with that.
"I learned you had to look at your own situation.
"Winning a trophy at any time is important at this club."
Life after Ferguson at Old Trafford has not got off to the flying start Moyes would have hoped for as some stuttering performances in the Premier League have left them eighth in the table, eight points behind leaders Arsenal. Famously, Ferguson also had a testing start to his reign and he was not following an icon who had just enjoyed a near 27-year trophy-laden spell.
Ferguson had a swipe at the English FA, which is currently in the process of beginning the long process of how to overhaul the game from grassroots level and improve coaching.
"What we are seeing at the moment which is really wrong is the FA are fast-tracking players (into coaching) because they are internationals," he said.
"It is ridiculous. They should be making sure the coaching qualifications are intense and difficult because by doing that you know you are giving them proper preparation."
Meanwhile, United long-term absentee Darren Fletcher returned to competitive action last night as he turned out for the Red Devils U-21 side in a 2-2 draw with Fulham.