In the event Ferguson only stayed for one more year, winning the Premier League title in 2012/13 before retiring from football having won 13 league titles with United.
“Would I have changed my decision if I knew Sir Alex would be leaving at the end of that season? It is a good question and one that I can't answer.
“He was one of the big reasons why I signed, for sure. He was a legendary manager and you could see from the moment I walked into the club that everything was working perfectly under him.
“The connection between the players and the coach was good. Everything fitted for me and this is why I scored 26 goals in my first season and we won the Premier League by 11 points.
“The news that Sir Alex was retiring was a surprise, but I did not feel let down by him. Something happened with his personal life and that is always more important than football.
“I can't judge him on that or have an opinion on it because I don't really know what happened. It is always important if you choose your family first."