Cole “disappointed” with Moyes’ sacking, but backs van Gaal or Ancelotti for the role

Former Man United striker Andrew Cole has labelled his former employers’ dismissal of manager David Moyes as “disappointing”, reports Sky Sports.

Cole was particularly unhappy with the fact that the news broke in the press before it was officially announced by the club, and urged his former employers to take some considerable time and effort in identifying the former Everton boss’ successor at Old Trafford.

The story of Moyes’ impending removal from the hotseat was broken in the press on Monday, with the club refusing to comment before officially announcing the Scotsman’s departure on Tuesday morning. Welshman Ryan Giggs has taken over for the club’s final games this season, with a permanent replacement expected to be appointed during the summer.

Cole, who joined United for a then British transfer record fee of £6m (plus Keith Gillespie) from Newcastle, laments the situation at Old Trafford but believes Louis van Gaal or Carlo Ancelotti – both linked with the role – could be successful should they be brought in.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Cole said: “I think everyone’s very disappointed with the way it’s happened – all in the press first. Tempers and feelings are running high but Manchester United are trying to do the best by Manchester United.

“It’s a big decision for United now. No doubt they will take their time over it. They’ll consider a lot of candidates because they need to get this appointment right. They’ll have a good look at it and go for the person who they think can bring United forward.

“I was very fortunate to play in an attack-minded team at United, who scored a hell of a lot of goals and played attractive football. That’s United’s heritage, the way they want to attack teams and a manager with that philosophy will always go down well at United.

“With the names around like Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti – they could come to Manchester United and do a fantastic job.”

Cole did also back former team-mate Giggs to do a good job during his brief spell in charge, and also predicted that the Welshman, alongside Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, could continue their involvement off the field next season too.

“I would not be surprised if Ryan (Giggs), Nicky (Butt) and Scholesy (Paul Scholes) were involved in some capacity next season. To have them back at Manchester United is absolutely phenomenal.

“I’ve been fortunate to play with Ryan and he knows what he wants to do. He’s been at the football club long enough so he’ll have his ideas on what he’s looking to do and what sort of football he wants to play.”

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