Sir Alex Ferguson's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer support is stark contrast to David Moyes actions

Sir Alex Ferguson has shown his support for under-fire Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but his reaction to David Moyes’ troubles were very different

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Sir Alex Ferguson ’s show of support for under-fire Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is very different to his David Moyes snub.

Following United’s 5-0 thrashing to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, current manager Solskjaer finds himself under serious pressure.

Urgent talks were held between the club’s chiefs and owners on Monday and United are set to give Solskjaer more time following the advice of former boss Ferguson.

The legendary Scot also visited the United training ground on Tuesday in an apparent show of support for Solskjaer.

This comes days after Ferguson was seen looking visibly deflated as he watched United’s humiliating defeat unfold from the stands on Sunday.

Sir Alex Ferguson has shown his support for current Manchester United manager boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


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While Ferguson has been quick to intervene in Solskjaer’s hour of need, his actions are a stark contrast to his response to a former United manager’s struggles.

With pressure mounting on David Moyes during his ill-fated reign, former United left-back and captain Patrice Evra once reached out to Ferguson in a cry for help.

Moyes’ lack of experience as an elite manager led to poor results and dressing room incidents before Evra decided to seek support from a familiar face.

“As the situation deteriorated, I decided to text Ferguson to see if I could talk to him at his home,” Evra revealed. “Cathy made me a nice cup of tea. ‘Boss, you have to help David.’ I told Ferguson.”

However, Ferguson’s response was very different to the one shown in aid of Solskjaer this week.

Following Evra’s request, Ferguson reportedly replied: “Patrice, I appreciate your concern and I’ll try and speak to him, but I’ve given him the biggest chance of his life and I think it’s fair that I keep a distance and let him do his job.”

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Sir Alex Ferguson looked visibly deflated during Manchester United’s humiliating defeat to Liverpool


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After Ferguson called an end to his 26 year-reign with United following his decision to retire in 2013, the Scot tipped his compatriot Moyes to be his successor.

The former Everton boss was sacked after only 10 months in charge and perhaps his fate would have been different had Ferguson answered Evra’s call to intervene.

Current manager Solskjaer, who spent 11 years under Ferguson as a United player, will no doubt be welcoming his old boss’ show of support on this occasion given the pressure he has found himself under.

Much like Moyes, Solskjaer has himself come under scrutiny for his lack of experience managing at the elite level of the English game with his only previous opportunities coming at Cardiff City and Molde in his homeland.

Patrice Evra once asked Ferguson to support David Moyes at United

This wouldn’t be the first time Ferguson has called for patience with a United manager following his retirement.

Speaking just a fortnight before Louis van Gaal was sacked in 2015, Ferguson said: “You have to have some patience being a Manchester United fan and they have shown that over the years, in Matt Busby’s time, in my time.

“For 150 years of history, it is worth having a couple of years on the quiet side of success because they will always come back and come backs strong.”

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