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We Salute King Ferguson
Posted Dec 19, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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Well, it’s finally happened: Sir Alex Ferguson has overtaken Sir Matt Busby as the longest serving manager in Manchester United history, having been in charge at Old Trafford for 24 years, 1 month and 14 days. If he and United can claim the Premier League title this year then they would become the most successful league championship side in the history of the UK, overtaking Liverpool’s 18 league titles.
It is a little hard to comprehend just what a remarkable job Sir Alex has done, and I think there is a case to be made to call him the most successful football manager of all time. He’s conquered Europe twice, won eleven league titles, five FA cups, four league cups two UEFA Cup winner’s cups and the FIFA Club Cup. On his own merits, he’s won the Premier League manager of the year nine times, the LMA manager of the year twice and the Champion’s league manager of the year, too.
What’s also astonishing about Ferguson is the knack he has for spotting talent. It’s very noticeable that most of his most successful signings have been players that no-one had really heard of before he bought them, and most of the catastrophes were when he paid a lot of money for ‘name’ players. Whether it’s Eric Cantona, Ole Gunner Solksjaer or Roy Keane, Ferguson knows class when he sees it: just compare these names to Juan Veron or Fabien Barthez that United paid shedloads for.
He’s also done wonders for the youth systems at Old Trafford. Make no mistake, without Ferguson’s input in the younger players, United wouldn’t have won half the trophies that they have. David Beckham, the Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and John O Shea all cost United nothing to buy, and all of them proved to be everything from vital players to world class legends. With players such as Darron Gibson coming through, the youth system is still doing it’s job.
Congratulations to Sir Alex. And to all those opposing fans out there that complain about his time-keeping? You’ll miss him when he’s gone: guaranteed.