Manchester United powerbrokers are convinced Sir Alex Ferguson left David Moyes with little to work with this season. The Daily Mail says one reason why chief executive Ed Woodward and fellow board members are giving Moyes so much time and patience is that they feel he inherited a set-up from Ferguson that was not fit for purpose at Barclays Premier League level.
Nobody at the club wants publicly to sully Ferguson's legacy, given that his 27-year reign lifted United from oblivion to the summit of European football. He also left Moyes a squad that had just won the league by 11 points.
But it has since emerged that he ran United's football operation in such a closed-off way that the board believe the task of restructuring required to bring it up to speed with the rest of Europe's top clubs is much harder than expected.
One club source said: "It was like looking behind the curtain of the Wizard of Oz and seeing there was nothing there to work with."
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