Ferguson may avoid Man Utd games to ease pressure on Moyes

Sir Alex Ferguson is considering missing David Moyes’ first few matches as Manchester United manager in an effort to ease the pressure on his successor, the Guardian has reported.

Ferguson is said to have told friends that he does not want to make life difficult for Moyes and could stay away from the club in the early weeks and months of Moyes’ tenure. There is the possibility Ferguson will use a private executive box from which to view home games, rather than sit prominently in the director’s box, but the retired Scot could decide against going to Old Trafford altogether.

Moyes’ first home game in charge comes against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea on August 24 and Ferguson is particularly keen to avoid any images of him looking unhappy with how the game is proceeding under Moyes. Ferguson is said to want to avoid becoming part of the story of the new manager’s reign but will be at the centre of press interest if he makes an appearance at a match.

Former Everton manager Moyes is due to give his first press conference as United boss on Friday and is expected to face questions regarding the potential signings of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara and Everton left-back Leighton Baines, as well as the future of Wayne Rooney and the decision to appoint Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs to his coaching staff.

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