Ferguson believes Moyes, not Guardiola ‘top contender’ to replace him at Man U

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Everton boss David Moyes is the right man to replace him at Old Trafford after he retires despite former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola wanting the job. Ferguson believes Moyes is better suited at guiding United in the long term, and the Scot feels current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho should be considered ahead of Guardiola. Former Barcelona coach Guardiola is eyeing up the Reds as his next job once Ferguson retires, and the pair is even understood to be meeting this weekend in New York. However, Ferguson admires Guardiola but feels his close friend Moyes, offers a better understanding of English football's demands. "The talk about Manchester United appointing Guardiola is a little premature," the Daily Express quoted a source close to one of the United senior players, as saying. "He actually has two preferred choices – David Moyes and Jose Mourinho. Moyes and Fergie are close and Fergie begrudgingly admires how Moyes has 'outfoxed' him and many other teams over the years," the source added. "Fergie admires Jose greatly but there are concerns that Jose's manner and media links could make him become bigger than the club," the source said.

Fergie pleased with Man U stars' sober Christmas party at Ferdinand's restaurant

London: Manchester United players Robin Van Persie, Ryan Giggs, Phil Jones, Patrice Evra and captain Nemanja Vidic were among the star players who turned up at Rio Ferdinand's restaurant, Rosso, for their annual Christmas bash after they beat Sunderland 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson for once was happy with his players' behavior at the party, as the quiet do over pasta and red wine was a far cry from the team's Christmas tear-ups a few years back, the Sun reports. In 2007 they invited 80 women to have a bender with them at a hotel in Manchester. The only incident anywhere near misbehavior this year was Shinji Kagawa and Alexander Buttner doing PSY's Gangnam Style dance.

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