Moyes can never top Ferguson at Man Utd, believes Docherty

Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty has insisted David Moyes will not top Sir Alex Ferguson’s record at Old Trafford “in a million years”, writes ESPN.

Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues during his time at Old Trafford, and Docherty, who was in charge of United from 1972 to 1977, has shown compassion for David Moyes.

Docherty said: “I feel sorry for David Moyes. How can you replace Fergie’s record? You could live to be one million years old and not see it surpassed.

But two years ago, when people started asking me who I thought would replace Fergie, I said Moyes and Martin O’Neill. Alex was the man behind his appointment. He did an incredible job at Everton with the resources he had at his disposal.

He consolidated things and built a good team. A lot of people say, ‘Oh, he never won anything with Everton’ but that’s unfair. There are very few prizes to go around at the end of a season.

The great thing for David is he has a six-year contract so, if they sack him next year, they’ll need to give him five million pounds,” Docherty went on. “If you are a failure as a manager today, you are a millionaire. You don’t need to win anything. But I think David Moyes is an excellent manager and I hope things work out for him.

Docherty was in a similar situation to Moyes at Old Trafford when he took over, as the famous Sir Matt Busby was in charge prior to his appointment. Busby first took over at United in 1945 and was at the club until 1969, with a brief return in 1970.

United were relegated under Docherty to in 1974, the club’s first demotion since 1937, but managed to win promotion the following season. As Docherty looked to have got the team back on track, winning the FA Cup in 1977, he was sacked for having an affair with the physiotherapist’s wife.

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