Sir Alex Ferguson’s opinion of his Man Utd successors from Moyes to Solskjaer

Each of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and so far Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all failed to lift the Premier League with Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

The legendary Scot, who oversaw exactly 1,500 matches after taking over from Ron Atkinson in 1986, led the club to a record 13 league titles including his final campaign of 2012/13.

Although there remains hope over Solskjaer, it seems that even Ferguson was expecting too much of the three permanent managers after he called time on his managerial career.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at both the initial thoughts of Ferguson on each appointment, and how he reacted when their period at the club was brought to an end.

David Moyes

David Moyes, dubbed the Chosen One, was handpicked by Ferguson to replace him at United with the view that he could replicate his long and successful tenure after impressing at Everton.

The Scot won 27 of his 51 matches in charge while lifting the Community Shield, and was replaced by Ryan Giggs with four games remaining as the Red Devils finished seventh.

Ferguson addressed the appointment in his 2015 book after hinting that Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal were all candidates.

He said: ”We chose David Moyes. He had been consistent in his job at Everton, had a good spell there – 11 years – and showed appetite.

"Unfortunately, somehow it didn't work out for David. The process was perfect. It was a good process.

"I'm sure there are things that David would do differently if he had the opportunity to relive his time at Old Trafford.”

Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal took charge and decided to keep Ryan Giggs on his coaching staff, and he lasted two full seasons before backlash from supporters at the style of football took it’s toll.

The former Barcelona boss won 54 of his 103 matches in total, overseeing a fourth place and fifth placed finish before winning the FA Cup in his final game as boss.

Ferguson said after Van Gaal’s appointment: "Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually maybe he's doing the right thing, to clear the decks and build his own team – because he's got the experience and coaching ability to do that."

Although Ferguson didn’t react to his departure, Van Gaal felt the need to praise him.

He said in his leaving statement: “My special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and my family feel so welcome throughout my time as Manchester United manager.”

Jose Mourinho

The arrival of Mourinho at Old Trafford divided the opinion of Premier League fans like never before.

The former Real Madrid and Inter boss had only been sacked from his second spell at Chelsea five months prior, and went on to win 84 of his 144 matches and win the Europa League, League Cup and Community shield in his debut season.

Ferguson said of his rival before he left Chelsea: "[Roman Abramovich] has to trust and have confidence Jose can turn it around, there is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time.

"[Mourinho] has won the European Cup twice, he's won the league in each country he's managed in, he's won the big trophies. It would be foolish for him to take that step to sacking him.”

Mourinho recently revealed that Ferguson gave him only one piece of advice when he got the job, as he revealed on Prime Video’s All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur.

He said: "Sir Alex Ferguson gave me only one advice in two and a half years – buy Dele Alli.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ferguson had backed his former super sub to go on to be a good manager when he chose to bring his playing career to an end back in 2007.

He said: "He has been a great servant to the club and has always remained a model professional in his responsibility as a player, in his demeanour and his manners have always been exemplary.

“Ole will hopefully go on to be a good coach."

Solskjaer has so far led his former club to 61 wins from 110 matches, but their third place finish in his first full season went to waste with a group stage Champions League exit.

The Norwegian said after he was appointed caretaker back in 2018: “The way he's dealt with people, the way he was the manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy, hungry and wanting to improve.

“But also the [way he dealt with] staff in and around the place.

“He’s been my mentor. From my injury in 2003 at least, I was making all the notes, what he did in different, certain situations.

“Of course I've already been in touch with him, because there's no one better to get some advice from.”

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