Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says new manager David Moyes will never be able to escape expectation at Old Trafford.
Life after Ferguson at Old Trafford has not got off to the start Moyes would have hoped for as some stuttering performances in the Premier League have left them eighth in the table, eight points behind leaders Arsenal.
Famously Ferguson also had a testing start to his reign and he was not following an icon who had just enjoyed a near-27-year trophy-laden spell.
“The thing about coming to a club like United is you can never get away from the expectation and I learned about that quickly,” said Ferguson at a question and answer session for a 1,700-strong audience at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester to coincide with the publication of his autobiography and Moyes was a guest.
“I spent a lot of stupid time looking at history, getting out early results from the 10 previous seasons and it was doing me no good, I was getting nowhere with that.
“I learned you had to look at your own situation. Winning a trophy at any time is important at this club.
“I was there 27 years and that gave me time to look ahead.
“When clubs sack their manger they have no evidence it works. When a manager is consistent in his position the club does better and I strongly believe in that.
“David Moyes had 10 years at Everton and when he joined he inherited a ‘sell, sell, sell’ (policy) but he built the club up.”