Ferguson reveals pain at Man Utd defeats

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted it hurt him to see Manchester United lose last season against Manchester City and Liverpool, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Ferguson has been interviewed at length by MUTV and reflected on the tenure of David Moyes, who replaced Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout for the start of the 2013-14 season. Moyes didn’t see out the campaign, however, sacked before the end of the year with United in seventh, their eventual finishing position, and replaced first by Ryan Giggs on a temporary basis and then Louis van Gaal full-time.

Moyes’ tenure was marked by defeats to the likes of City and Liverpool, as well as two reverses against his former club Everton, the last of which was Moyes’ final game in charge. “I got annoyed when we lost to Liverpool last year,” Ferguson revealed. “I didn’t enjoy that. I didn’t like losing to Liverpool and Manchester City last year, because they are your biggest rivals and the ones you always strive to defeat and are always in our way, particularly Liverpool, of course.

“The way I’ve always been and I did it as a manager, I’m actually quite stone-faced watching a game,” he continued. “I don’t try to show any emotions unless we score. I always celebrate a goal, even now as a director I still celebrate a goal, but you’re always conscious maybe the cameras are on you and this is happening quite a lot. Obviously the press don’t miss an opportunity to focus on me during a game.”

United ended last season 20 points behind Liverpool, who were second to champions Manchester City. City were two points clear of the Reds and 22 points better off than United, winning 3-0 and 4-1 in the two league derbies last year.

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