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Saturday 20 December 2014

Sir Alex Ferguson's ego trip is the last thing Manchester United manager David Moyes needed

Sir Alex Ferguson, right, felt the time was right when David Beckham, left, moved to Real Madrid
Sir Alex Ferguson, right, felt the time was right when David Beckham, left, moved to Real Madrid
Roy Keane, right, has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson is not looking to settle old scores
File photo dated 01/09/2004 of Manchester United's new signing Wayne Rooney (right) and manager Sir Alex Ferguson pose with his shirt. Ferguson does not go in to too much detail about Rooney's supposed transfer request last summer - only that the striker was annoyed at not playing often
File photo dated 19/02/2003 of A plaster visible over the left eyebrow of Manchester United mid-fielder David Beckham. After an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal in 2003, Beckham's eyebrow was cut after a row in the dressing room between Ferguson and his star midfielder. 'David swore. I moved towards him, and as I approached I kicked a boot. It hit him right above the eye,' Ferguson says
File photo dated 22/07/2002 of Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand stands with club manager Alex Ferguson. Ferguson criticises the anti-doping testers who turned up to take a urine sample from Rio Ferdinand in September 2003
File photo dated 29/04/2009 of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left) and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right). Ferguson claims his once-fiery relationship with the Arsenal manager mellowed by the end of his time in management
File photo dated 12/05/2013 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with Wayne Rooney before the trophy presentation. Ferguson does not go in to too much detail about Rooney's supposed transfer request last summer - only that the striker was annoyed at not playing often
Sir Alex Ferguson with his Autobiography during the photocall at the Institute of Directors, London. Sir Alex Ferguson today revealed in his autobiography he was offered the England manager's job on two occasions while at Manchester United - after Glenn Hoddle was sacked and after Kevin Keegan resigned - but 'it wasn't a bed of nails I was ever tempted to lie on'
File photo dated 18/05/2005 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and captain Roy Keane. Keane and Ferguson's relationship soured in 2005 when the United captain became angry at Ferguson over conditions at the club's pre-season training camp
File photo dated 13/09/2008 of Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez (right) and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson shake hands after the final whistle. Ferguson says Rafael Benitez was a 'control freak' and branded the Spaniard's famous 'facts' press conference 'silly'
File photo dated 27/04/2001 Manchester United's record signing Ruud Van Nistelrooy with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, Manchester. Van Nistelrooy was one of the best goal scorer's of Ferguson's reign, but the Scot claims the striker asked to leave just three days before the FA Cup final of 2005
File photo dated 08/06/1996 of Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan (left) gets to grips with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as they meet at Wembley. Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he turned down the England manager's job on two separate occasions during his Manchester United reign. The Scot states in his autobiography, which is released on Thursday, that he was asked to become England boss in succession to Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan
Sir Alex Ferguson says he twice turned down the England manager's job
File photo dated 04/11/2011 of Manchester United's David Beckham (right). Ferguson says Beckham's football was affected by his celebrity lifestyle
File photo dated 08/04/2013 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Ferguson describes losing the title to City in 2012 as the worst day of his life. Ferguson criticises then manager Roberto Mancini in the book over his failure to sell former United striker Carlos Tevez when he reportedly refused to come off the bench against Bayern Munich
David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss

What a buzz surrounding Sir Alex Ferguson's new autobiography. The hype's up there with the latest Bridget Jones' Diary, Fifty Shades of Grey and all those Harry Potter offerings back in the day.

Should have known. Fergie is a wizard after all, and clearly he's still casting spells over everyone in football, even though he hung up his hairdryer a few months ago.

Becoming the most iconic figure and most successful manager in Manchester United's proud history, everything Ferguson did and the decisions he made were for the benefit of the club.

He tells us this time and time again in his book and in particular when writing about the controversial exits of David Beckham and Roy Keane.

How ironic because this autobiography and the timing of its publication does the current manager David Moyes and his Manchester United team no favours whatsoever.

I know the book is out now to capitalise on the lucrative Christmas market, but it's not like Sir Alex needs the money. In any case had it hit the shops on Boxing Day it would still be a best seller such is the interest in what the great Scot has to say.

With Moyes under serious pressure, after a stuttering start to his reign, the last thing he needs is high profile appearances from his legendary predecessor, like at yesterday's book launch and a series of Q & A sessions to come.

Moyes needs space to breathe, not to be suffocated by Sir Alex's ego trip.

In his book Ferguson writes Beckham had to leave United because he thought he was "bigger than the manager".

Could you accuse Fergie, now a director at Old Trafford, of thinking the same thing?

I also wonder why Ferguson felt the need to air United's dirty linen in public in relation to former players like the outstanding Keane as well as threaten Wayne Rooney's seemingly new found peace at the club.

There's a real sense that a few scores are being settled here. Certainly old enemy Liverpool and Rafael Benitez feel the full force of his bitterness towards them.

Surely, Fergie should be bigger than that.

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