Published On: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019

Man Utd hero Sir Alex Ferguson thought 10 players would shine when David Moyes took job | Football | Sport

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson believed as many as 10 players he left behind upon his retirement would shine for the club under David Moyes, reports say.

Moyes succeeded Ferguson nearly seven years ago but lasted just 10 months, with the club sacking him following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.

And The Athletic say Ferguson believed the likes of Rafael Da Silva, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley, Nani, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj would be trusted to lead the next chapter in the club’s history.

However, all of the players failed to sparkle under Moyes or even his successor, Louis van Gaal.

Jones is still there but on the fringes of the action at United with the likes of Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe ahead of him in the pecking order.

Smalling is spending the reason on loan at Roma after being deemed surplus to requirements by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But the other eight have moved onto pastures new. Tellingly, fairly soon after Ferguson’s retirement.

Louis van Gaal never trusted Rafael, who lasted a year under the Dutchman before being offloaded to Ligue 1 giants Lyon.

Van Gaal infamously gave Ryan Giggs a stern look when Hernandez fluffed a penalty in Champions League qualifying.

Days later Hernandez was sent to Real Madrid on loan and the following summer he left Old Trafford permanently, heading to Bundesliga titans Bayer Leverkusen.

Evans was a regular during Van Gaal’s first year in charge as United battled their way into the Premier League top four.

But the Northern Ireland international was then sold in 2015 to West Brom. He’s since flourished and has become a regular under Brendan Rodgers at Leicester.

Nani wasn’t up to Van Gaal’s standards and departed when Angel Di Maria touched down to make the right-wing position his own.

And the Dutchman also allowed Welbeck to join Arsenal after he had signed Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan deal from Monaco.

Januzaj was highly rated at United, shining for the academy shortly before Ferguson walked off into the sunset.

He was even the one shining light of the Moyes reign, starring on the right of the Scot’s attack.

But Van Gaal never took to him and, after a dire spell at Borussia Dortmund, his mind on the forward was made up.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he sold Januzaj and chose to strengthen his attack by landing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and, later, Alexis Sanchez.

Powell scored on his United debut under Ferguson but he, too, was shown the door and since spent the majority of his career in the Championship.

And Cleverley has stayed in the Premier League with Watford after injury damaged his chances of being an Old Trafford hit.

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