By Alphonsus E.W
In his memoirs, the 71 year old Scotsman, one of the most iconic football brands in the last quarter century, who retired as manager of Manchester United after a trophy-laden 27 years in charge, was scathing in his criticism of some of his ex-players which included; Roy Keane, Ruud Van Nistlerooy, David Beckham as well as been brutally candid on the relationship he had with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez. The pick of the lot of the excerpts from the recently released autobiography include;
On Roy Keane- ‘I believe that Roy Keane’s behavior pattern changed when he realized he was no longer the Roy Keane of old.’ ‘Then came the MUTV episode, in which Roy let rip at some of the younger members of the squad for supposedly failing in their duties. It was unbelievable. He slaughtered everyone. Darren Fletcher got it. Alan Smith. Van der Sar. Roy was taking them all down. I think the dressing room relaxed when Roy left.’
In a swift response, the fiery Irish condemned the former boss, questioning his understanding of the word loyalty. Many analysts are of the opinion that the timing of the release couldn’t have been any worse as the verbal storm arising from the release of the book had the potential of derailing Manchester United’s flailing season.
Poser; do you think the release of Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography can destabilize the nascent reign of David Moyes?
Do you think he was fair in the assessment of his former charges?