We were all worried about whether SAF staying on at Old Trafford might make life difficult for David Moyes, potentially undercutting his auyhority.
We should hardly have worried that the past master of mind games wouldn't have considered this already though. Reports suggest he is going so far as contemplating staying away from OT for some of their critical early games. Even the executive box could be too close:
Uppermost in his thoughts is that there will be television cameras on him throughout every game, looking for a reaction to how United are doing under the new regime. Ferguson is aware that photographers will have their lenses trained on him and that he could still unwittingly form part of the story, especially if the team do not get off to a good start in their defence of the Premier League title.
One example he has cited is if the opposition score and the likelihood then that television cameras will cut straight to him in the directors' box. Pictures of him looking displeased, he knows, would make Moyes's job even more difficult when the former Everton manager already has enough challenges ahead of him.
I had mostly worried about whether players or staff might feel they could go to SAF for decisions to do an end run around Moyes, making him still just a regular foreman who works there, rather than the big boss. But this is at a whole other level of difficulty to control. If Chelsea score and Fergie has the same reaction we all do - the one he has had for years - the media narrative would instantly be "oh, Fergie doesn't look happy there. I wonder if he's thinking that he wouldn't have done [insert Moyes most recent controversial player/formation decision]..." I think as a team they're pretty good about blocking the press out, but it wouldn't help to have that as an atmosphere in the formative early days before patterns and routines are established.
It's not that I ever remotely doubted SAF, but its really nice to see evidence that he is putting his ego aside, and applying his legendary smarts to making himself not the story when it needs to be that way.
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