Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Kenny Dalglish was
sacked as Liverpool boss
for his handling of the Luis Suarez racism row.
Dalglish, who left Anfield in May, supported Suarez despite the
Liverpool striker being found guilty
of racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra.
"I wasn't surprised at Kenny leaving," said Ferguson.
"Their owner John Henry has obviously looked at that [incident] and felt it wasn't handled in the right way."
Ferguson added: "It certainly wasn't a nice thing to happen and it must have been part of it."
How Dalglish's reign turned sour
Suarez was handed an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 after an investigation into his
confrontation with Evra during the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and United
at Anfield on 15 October.
Liverpool chose not to appeal the punishment, but
Dalglish maintained the Uruguay international
Suarez then refused to shake hands with Evra before Liverpool's
2-1 defeat in February
, and Dalglish reacted angrily to questions about the incident after the game.
The striker and Dalglish later
apologised for their part in the handshake row
after the direct intervention of Liverpool's US owners.
Dalglish was sacked
, despite winning the Carling Cup and getting to the final of the FA Cup, after finishing eighth in the Premier League.