When Mourinho joked ‘I don’t think I can manage United because Sir Alex will still be managing them when he is 90 and I will be 70 — and I won’t be managing when I am 70.’
at eve of pre quarter final of this year’s champions league between Real Madrid & Manchester United, my childish thoughts considered it as a possibility that he till manage atleast till 75. A true managerial talent who withstood pressure of sustaining at top of club football world for 26 years from 1986 to 2013 decided to retire at age of 71 on May 8 2013. I have been following football closely for 15 years and I never thought of a Manchester without Alex Ferguson. Both club and manager are so tightly coupled and it if you think of one, other also would come to thought immediately.
Let me scribble on the best and worst of Fergies manchester united career.
“They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. In my time as a manager, I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced. Everyone acknowledges that and I accept that. It’s not easy when you’ve been well beaten like that to think another way. No one has given us a hiding like that. It’s a great moment for them. They deserve it because they play the right way and enjoy their football”
There were many instances of blaming referee after some bad results from Fergie. But following one from Fergie was very bad after a 2-2 draw that led to a two match ban and criticism from various corners of football world.
“He was not fit enough for a game of that standard, The pace of the game demanded a referee who was fit. It is an indictment of our game. You see referees abroad who are as fit as butcher’s dogs. He was taking 30 seconds to book a player. It was ridiculous.”
Best match as a coach:
Best comeback match I have seen live. After going 3-0 down at an away stadium against Tottenham in 2001/02 season.
Worst match as a coach:
Never saw Manchester being so incompetent under Fergie. A 4-1 win by Middlesborough inspired by Mendiata, Hasselblaink.
No doubt that many will agree my selection of Cristiano Ronaldo. Bought from portuguese club Sporting Lisbon at 15 million Euro’s, helped team to win 3 successive Premier league, one champions league and many more followers across world and booked profit of 78 million Euro’s by selling him to Real Madrid for 93.9 million in 2009-10 season.
Juan Sebastian Veron. A expensive flop Fergie bought from Lazio to bring European success for club in 2001 and sold to Chelsea in 2003 after two below par seasons for Manchester united.
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