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Sir Alex Ferguson Is Cursed and Nine Other Things That Make Him Special

Written by on February 15, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Manchester United

Just over a week ago Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said that it was important for his team to be only two or three points behind Manchester United when the two teams meet in the next Manchester derby on April 6.

At that time Manchester City trailed United by seven points. After this weekend the gap now sits at 12 points with only twelve Premier League games remaining the derby match is beginning to take on the look of a coronation rather than a title decider.

Not the first time it looks as if Manchester United are going to rebound and…….to read more please click on the link.


One response to “Sir Alex Ferguson Is Cursed and Nine Other Things That Make Him Special”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Well said.

    Ferguson inspires nearly the full range of emotion from football fans worldwide – rampant adulation to absolute hatred. While much of that is likely rooted in whether the fan is a ManU supporter or that of one of their great rivals, the fact is that it is his success that is at the root of the emotion shown.

    Many negative things can be said about him. However, he has been the most successful manager of his era. He may end up being considered the best of any era before he retires (though comparing managers or players across decades is a foolhardy enterprise). While some of that certainly has to do with resources available to him, the fact is building a club isn’t as simple as spending money. We’ve seen many has beens (and never was’) take up the role of chief spender at big clubs in the past few years. With rare exception, none have managed to beat Ferguson consistently – if at all.

    Whatever else might be said about him, he has built teams and ManU as an organization for the long run. While he may occasionally splash on a huge signing (drawing the ire of non-ManU supporters in a way that City, LFC & Chelsea don’t seem to), the core of his success invariably is the players he’s brought in as youngsters to complement the academy signings.

    Whether you are trying to buy a trophy or spot talent in 16yr olds, you can’t always be right. Ferguson is no different in that respect. But he is right more often than most.

    And I say this as someone who really doesn’t care for ManU at all…

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