José Mourinho: Alex Ferguson could not tempt me to Manchester United

Ferguson touched on a number of other subjects in a documentary which examines the methods behind his phenomenally successful career coincides with the release of his new book, “Leading”.


“It was always my dream to grow up as a young Manchester United player and be successful with the club, so that first game at Old Trafford was so special for me”.

However, Moyes struggled immensely in his time with the Red Devils and was sacked just nine months into his tenure, leaving the club to record their worst finish since the inception of the Premier League.

Beckham said: “The League Cup was a competition we’d all hope we’d play in because the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] liked to give young players a chance”. We picked the right man. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for David.

Italian legend Pierluigi Collina, who was named FIFA’s Best Referee of the Year for six consecutive years, will referee the match, and money raised from tickets sales and donations will go to Unicef.

“I mean Jamie Redknapp’s got sunglasses on, but you know the most telling part of it is Roy Evans and Ron Moran had black suits on. It wasn’t there for us”.

However, Ferguson scoffed when it was put to him that it was impossible for Moyes to succeed, pointing out that United won the title in his final season.

Ferguson said: “If Ryan Giggs had retired six or seven years ago – say he’d retired at 35, quite likely I’d have made him my assistant, and quite likely he could have moved right into the job, with the experience of being assistant manager to me, as he is helping Louis van Gaal at the moment”.

“Probably every manager in the world looks at Manchester United as a huge club, but I wanted to come to Chelsea”, said Mourinho.

Ferguson denies he was exclusively responsible for the appointment of Moyes, who joined the club after 11 years at Everton.

“But I would never ask a player to quit”.

“There was a good process”.

“On the succession, when I announced my retirement, do you honestly believe that one man could decide the future of Manchester United?” said Ferguson. They know what they’re doing, the Glazers, David Gill.

Ferguson also defended the accusation that he left Moyes with an ageing squad that was in need of rebuilding and significant investment to keep it competing for trophies.

Ferguson continued: “Then all of a sudden the sound of a bomb goes off and everything goes dark and within seconds bang bang bang bang”.


Beckham played in United’s 2-0 win over Port Vale back in 1994, while over 20 years on current manager Van Gaal played a young team at MK Dons which saw the League One side stroll to a 4-0 win.

Rooney and Ferguson's relationship deteriorated at United