On December 31st of 2016, the legendary manager Sir. Alex Ferguson turned 75 years old and one of the things that he did on his 75th birthday was to return to Manchester United, the club where he became an icon after lifting 38 titles in 26 years.
It’s hard to argue that Sir. Alex Ferguson has been one of the most successful or maybe even the most successful one in the history of the sport. It was back on May of 2013 when the Scottish tactician decided to end his managerial career and even though it has been over 3 years since this occurred, Manchester United is still struggling trying to find someone who can follow his legacy.
Every manager that has arrived after Sir. Alex Ferguson has not been able to have the same kind of impact and prosperity as the Scottishman. David Moyes, Ryan Giggs (Interim Manager), Louis van Gaal and the current manager Jose Mourinho are all of the coaches that have arrived but have struggled to fill in the boots that were left by the Scottish tactician. Read more »
Jose Mourinho says he is hurt that he left out Dutchman Memphis Depay and Ashley Young in the squad that thrashed West Ham 4-1 in the EFL Cup this week.
The Portuguese tactician was banned from the touchline, so he had to see the game from a ‘secret’ location. However, Mourinho admitted he felt ‘hurt’ that both players were left off the match day squad despite being fit.
United qualified for the last four courtesy of goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial who both grabbed a brace. Mourinho made five changes to the squad that started against the Hammers the weekend before, playing a 1-1 draw. In the EFL quarter final clash, summer addition Henrikh Mkhitaryan paired with Anthony Martial on the wings while skipper Wayne Rooney lined up behind Ibrahimovic.
“It hurts me, it hurts me. It hurts me a lot to leave Depay and Ashley Young at home. It hurts me a lot like last week, when I had to leave out Martial, and next week I’ll leave another one.
“We have so many players for these positions and it’s good for me but it’s bad for them. Football players want to play matches and I cannot give to everyone at the same time, so it hurts me,” said Mourinho. Read more »
Sir Alex Ferguson’s endorsement was welcomed by Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and he joked that he can’t return the compliment because Ferguson is no more a coach.
He believes that the German has brought back The Reds into the category of the title contenders.
The former Manchester United coach agreed a year ago that he was concerned by Klopp’s arrival at Anfield, the club he famously succeeded in “knocking off their perch” during his 26 years at Manchester United, and the Scot again last week reportedly said Klopp’s impact at Anfield means the Reds are genuine contenders for a 19th English title and a first since 1990.
“I knew him before and he is a really nice person. He did what was expected of him at Manchester United and that automatically was at our detriment which we actually tried to resist most of the time, and that was his ability to defeat us then,” Klopp said. “When he has to say something positive about Liverpool, it is better than if he would say something negative so it is all good. But it does not mean a lot. It does not disturb us or help us.” Read more »
Mike Phelan is set to host his former club Manchester United when they meet in the third round of games in the Premier League.
Phelan used to be the right hand man of Sir Alex Ferguson – United’s former coach. Phelan is currently the caretaker manager of the newly promoted side, Hull City.
City has just 13 players, yet the talented coach in Phelan has guided the squad to four victories. The meagre squad figure is astonishing considering the rigour of the Premier League. The management is working with the manager to add at least six more player before the transfer deadline in a few days.
Steve Bruce was the former manager of the club, bringing them from the Championship to top flight English football, yet he decided to walk away after an altercation with the management. Phelan has always reminded who ever cared to listen that he was not a manager yet.
“I am not a manager at the moment. I guess my career has gone in a roundabout way. But the challenge is great and we have worked really hard here,” Phelan said. So far, Hull has shown decent results, shocking title holders Leicester City in the curtain raiser and showing their dominance when they faced Swansea. Since getting promotion in May during the playoffs, the club hasn’t made any additions. Read more »
The legendary teams and their coaches are names and people who live on forever.
Sir Alex Ferguson might have been on his path to retirement in 2012 when he struck the deal to bring in Robin van Persie to Arsenal for a whopping 24 million pounds which had been a gamble and a decision that had several consequences.
Even today there are others like Keith Wyness who seeks his advice on different topics. For instance, the search for a new manager for Aston Villa was suggested by Sir Alex Ferguson and not without reason. Wyness is known to have linkages with Alex due to their former past in Aberdeen. Even though Wyness joined the Aberdeen team after leaving Sydney Olympics in 2000 he has been in talking terms with Alex. Hence, when it comes to finding new managers, Sir Alex is someone whom Wyness would resort to. However, Wyness admits that he did not follow Sir Alex’s advice fully and discounted the choices that he had presented.
Ferguson had left Aberdeen long back and Wyness revealed that the club had changed since then. The club had an era before, but today the standards have slipped for the club. For instance, when the club celebrated their centenary most of the present members found it hard to believe that the club had the potential to beat clubs like Real Madrid. Nostalgia is all the club has to offer now. Read more »
Former Manchester United manager has revealed that the biggest mistake he made in his management career has been to announce his retirement in 2001.
He said that this statement has negatively impacted the club and that their results in this season suffer a lot because of this. Ultimately he changed his mind and stayed for another 11 years at Old Trafford while winning a heap of trophies along the way.
He said that the fact that he announced that he was going to retire caused his players to lose their focus. In 2001, he made the announcement at the start of the season, and he felt that his players did not want to give their best thinking that the manager will be going after the season. He added that under the pressure of his wife and his children, he changed his mind in January, but it was too late to motivate the players.
He said that even the recruitment suffers in that season because players did not want to sign for a manager that was going to stay for only one season. However, things changed when they sign Rooney and Ronaldo at the start of the next season. He had to get the team back in the mood so as to be able to mount a title challenge. Read more »