Ferguson however suggested his fellow Scot made a grave error not retaining former assistant manager Mike Phelan in his backroom staff. “It is an insult to say that I left an ageing squad,” said Ferguson at an event to publicise his updated autobiography. “Chelsea have seven players over 30 but nobody talks about them being an old team. “It is easy to defend myself against all of that because all the statistics are there. “I think he should have kept Mike Phelan, he was a United man; loyal, hard-working and a good judge of the players. “My advice to David was that he should maybe keep Mike Phelan. “I was always supportive of David, whenever he called I gave him the advice I would have wanted when I was manager. “But David will do well in the future: life doesn’t end when you leave United.” The former United manager hit back at critics of the make-up of the Old Trafford squad Moyes inherited when he succeeded Ferguson in 2013. Former Everton boss Moyes was removed from the United post after just one season at the helm, prompting widespread suggestion Ferguson had not provided enough future planning. Ferguson reiterated his backing for new United manger Louis van Gaal, tipping the Dutchman to turn the club’s fortunes around. Lamenting United’s injury woes during Van Gaal’s embryonic tenure, Ferguson said once he settles on a regular back-four the club will progress quickly. “He has that philosophy, stubbornness and determination to succeed, I’ve got every faith he will be a success,” said Ferguson, in an interview with James Nesbitt at London’s Drury Lane Theatre. “I have absolute faith that he’s the right man for the job. “It’s been one step forward and two steps backward for them so far this season, in terms of injuries. “Falcao looks a player and Di Maria will do well. “Once he can get people fit and a settled, regular back-four, then that’s the first route to progress.” Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson has branded claims he left David Moyes an “ageing” Manchester United squad as “an insult”.
Singapore: Neymar became the youngest player to make 100 appearances for Brazil on Thursday but the Paris Saint-Germain forward had to settle for a 1-1 draw as he failed to score in a friendly with Senegal in Singapore. Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for the Copa America champions with a stunning lob after a Coutinho lay-off in the eighth minute. As the half progressed, the livelier Senegal became, driven on by their captain Cheikhou Kouyate. Famara Diedhiou levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time after Sadio Mane was dragged down in the area. Also Read | Neymar misses Brazil training session eyeing pain in kneeNeymar, who was not in the side that won the Copa America in June, had a relatively quiet game but went close with a 67th minute free-kick. He then teed up Richarlison whose shot from the edge of the box flashed wide. Ismaila Sarr and Mane both had chances to snatch the game for the Lions of Teranga. Although he failed to get on the scoresheet, it was still a big day for the 27-year-old, who became one of seven Brazilians to reach 100 caps. He has scored 61 goals for the Selecao, making him the third highest scorer in the history of his national team. Neymar is one behind Ronaldo but needs 16 to catch Pele who only played 92 matches.Also Read | Neymar ‘rape’ case: Rio de Janeiro police wants footballer to testifyHe has also provided 41 assists. He won an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but has experienced many disappointments for his national team, particularly at the World Cup. In 2014, in Brazil, a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia prevented him from being on the field for the 7-1 semi-final thrashing from Germany. He scored twice during the tournament in Russia four years later, but Brazil were dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Belgium. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.