Wayne Rooney says Manchester United replaced ‘godfather’ Sir Alex Ferguson in the wrong way – and explains why he believes it hasn’t worked since the legendary boss left.
The Red Devils are currently five years without a trophy and have not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s departure in 2013.
The Scot was replaced by compatriot David Moyes, who lasted less than a year at Old Trafford.
And Rooney, who appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, believes his former club went about Moyes’ appointment wrong and shouldn’t have tried to replace Ferguson outright.
“He was like the godfather of the club, not just in terms of the players but the staff, the academy – he was in charge of everything,” Rooney said.
“And when you lose someone like that from your club and then someone else comes, that’s a massive change.
“For David Moyes, I always thought it was impossible to replace Alex Ferguson and I think that’s what they tried to do.
“I think David signed a six-year contract and they tried to give him that time but it didn’t work out.
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“As he [Ferguson] went everyone at the club was a bit down and although we won the Premier League this season I think those in power and the older players who stayed with the club knew it was going to be a big challenge.”
Since Moyes was sacked, four managers have tried to get the best out of the Red Devils, with current boss Ralf Rangnick struggling at Old Trafford.
And Rooney, who has stated his ambitions to one day manage the club he has played for 559 times, has theories as to why the club has not thrived in recent years.
When asked why it hasn’t worked since Ferguson left, Rooney replied: “I think the adjustment.
“I think the players could get used to Louis van Gaal, but then it was difficult because that’s how he worked to then go to Mourinho.
“But I think the adjustment for all the staff and the academy, the distance between the academy and the manager, especially under Mourinho, has been huge. It was almost as if she didn’t exist.
“To have had that relationship with Sir Alex for about 26 years and then not be allowed anywhere near the first team…
“It was almost like there was a divorce between the first team and the academy.”
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https://talksport.com/football/1079688/wayne-rooney-manchester-united-alex-ferguson-jose-mourinho-louis-van-gaal/ Wayne Rooney says Manchester United wrongly substituted ‘godfather’ Sir Alex Ferguson