'Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football history – winning more than 30 trophies during his time in charge of the Reds. Yet despite more than two decades at the United helm he remains focused on increasing that tally, bringing yet more silverware to Old Trafford.'
|Premier League||1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011|
|FA Cup||1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004|
|League Cup||1992, 2006, 2009, 2010|
|UEFA Champions League||1999, 2008|
|FIFA Club World Cup||2008|
|UEFA Super Cup||1992|
|UEFA Cup Winners Cup||1991|
|FA Charity / Community Shield||1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011|
What an impressive resume for any coach! I ask myself after all this, what will a manager hunger for? One may be tempted to say nothing more to be sincere. Especially right now that he is reverred at the club and even he himself thinks he is and should be 'The Most important person at the club'. Hence, when he makes mistakes, we tend to ignore them. By all standards Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest football manager in English football and he is among the very best in the world. But he still has a lot he can achieve in terms of records. He has never won as many trophies as PEP did in one season, he has never won the champions league back to back, he has never been voted FIFA or UEFA manager of the year, Mourinho and PEP have.
Let's put certain things into perspective, PEP Guardiola, in his first season at Barcelona did the treble (08-09)something no manager has been able to do in the 21st century. The next season, though he lost out on the champions league, he still won four trophies and in the third season he won two trophies. I think that is AMAZING and my definition of true greatness. He didn't have to wait for years. He put the team together to suit his own style of football even though he met some of the players there and he left just after four years when the ovation was still loud but on the decline in terms of trophies. Today, everybody acknowledges Barcelona as the best team in the world in terms of the style of football they play. Everybody keeps talking about the Messi, Xavi and Iniesta factor, were they not there when we won the champions league in 07/08 season? Hence the difference was the coach. Another point to ponder is Xavi and Scholes who is better? Iniesta and Giggs, who is better? United have the talent but maybe the age of the coach or his over-qualification is having a negative effect on the squad. That is why our boys now play only for 15minutes in each half. 15minutes into the first half and the last 15minutes of the game.
Let's take a look at the season just gone by, we would have comfortably won the league had we got a younger and more hungry coach, one who wouldn't take a gamble on any situation, something SAF does very often nowadays. Yes, City played the better football, which we could as well play if the lads were properly tutored in that direction and selected accordingly. Till today, there are so many questions I do ask , why did SAF subject Berbatov to the bench during the last season when he was the joint highest goal scorer in the EPL the season before? Remember when Tevez was here, SAF always treated him like a second fiddle player. He rarely gets the starting shirt, look at him today at MUFC, He is like a God, an unstoppable player. Today in the team Anderson is never given enough playing time and every time he starts a game he looks sharp and does a lot of good things in the team. He plays positive football. Personally , I believe he is better than the Fletcher SAF is trying to bring back.
Why I think most of us don't see these things is probably because of the Godly stature of SAF at the club and maybe a times when some of the not-so-good boys he likes to promote show some signs of good performance we tend to believe they are that good. I for one, am tired of living this lie. Let's look at the Wigan game, without being told he should know that it is high time he gave Evra more time on the bench and let's see more of Buttner, who looked more reassuring at the back and also hopeful going forward and getting a goal(something Evra hardly ever gets). Evra is a good player no doubt but defensively he is now to me more of a liability, but going forward he could be useful. Also the likes of Powell should be given more playing time.
My point in all of this is that as great as Ferggie has been over the years, he should know that there comes a point in time in a man's life that he has to say goodbye. His abilities as a manager are diminishing, he has to do more and hunger to achieve more before the curtain falls on his reign. For me, I think he should come to terms with the fact that his greatest undoing is the way he gambles with team selection especially for very important matches. In recent seasons, his teams find it difficult to win knock out games. Especially in the FA cups, the Carling cups, not to mention the way and manner we were eliminated in last year's champions league and most recently our display at home against Galatasary. We know he may not be hungry for trophies again, he has won it all but there are players in his team who have not won some of these trophies and would like to add them to their collections. Apart from that, the joy of every fan is to see his/her team winning trophies. We are United and we are used to winning, anything less is unacceptable! SAF or no SAF. If SAF can't do it any more he should leave and let someone else, a young and fresh blood come do it for us. We have a good team now with RVP and Kagawa, we can compete.
Finally, I believe if anyone was to break the jinx of winning the champions league back to back, it should be SIR ALEX FERGUSON (A Man for All Seasons). Let's fight harder this season, so that we can win trophies, last season was very painful. Scrappy wins are no longer acceptable, only teams who score many goals and concede less win trophies nowadays. Let the Legend not end now and if it has to end let it be on a high.