The man who took charge of the glorious football club in 1986, is the only one to be managing a club for 25 years, mounting history in the golden pages of football till date. It’s the formerly known Alex Ferguson, who rightfully is now called a ‘Sir’ ever since his achievements till 1999 were recognized – Only doing more justice to the prefix. Sir Alex Ferguson, despite of all the criticism in his early years while taking the office, has managed to lead Manchester United to the road now seldom traveled by the bitterest rivals trying hard to gain company while walking in the wilderness, previously resting on the perch they’ve now been dis-crowned from.
Attempts in the making to take the club to higher standards from befalling stray to the bottom of the league table after three years of bloodless perseverance, and the “Three years of excuses and it’s still crap…ta-ra Fergie” ranting from the hosts at O.T after being haplessly vanquished in combat against Manchester City, SAF’s carrier seemed to stumble at a low ebb as the supporters and journalists called for sacking.
Describing 1989 as the darkest period he had ever suffered in the game, his assiduity and diligence never fell low in esteem. Having done comparatively better in the coming seasons, with the essence of 17 year old Ryan Giggs, Sir Alex pictured United winning the Premier League the next time. Despite losing the title to Leeds United then, in 1992-1993, with the purchase of the Eric Cantona, United gained the much needed spark as the Frenchman built up a strong partnership with Mark Hughes taking Manchester United to it’s felicitous rank; Number one!
After the 26-year drought of trophies, this noble man we thank God for gifting us, knocked Liverpool “righ off their fucking perch” as Manchester United was headed towards the illustrious medal of triumph and Ferguson was voted Manager of the Year by the League Managers’ Association. The thirst for trophies might have remained unquenched if SAF had been dismissed in his early years in charge. Sir Alex Ferguson went on with the flow as Roy Keane was signed the next season & ended up winning the title again. Ferguson was the very first winner of the Premier League Manager of the Month award, introduced for the start of the 1993–94 season, when he collected the accolade for August 1993.
Sir Alex’s well deserved praise for his limitless charisma for taking ManUnited to the top, bringing in the splendid Peter Schmeichel, Dennis Irwin, Eric Cantona, Paul Ince, Andy Cole, Jaap Stam, Roy Keane, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who have all made significant contributions to United’s success.The young lot including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Wes Brown, whose talents have been nurtured at Old Trafford, all were the signings as a result of Ferguson’s brilliance and splendour.
Despite his success at United, and being known as the absolute ‘boss’, there have been controversial moments involving the players and himself, who in turn were sold off for crossing the boss’ mind. But that is all part of the man’s fabled character that makes him feared and regarded in equal measure.
Such is the might of Fergie that Oxford dictionary quotes the noble guy.
It’s getting tickly now – squeaky bum time.
On 200/03 title race against Arsenal.
The phrase “squeaky bum time” has been added to the dictionary, while Ferguson continues to utter awesomeness…
‘My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their ******* perch. And you can print that.’
On Liverpool after Alan Hansen has questioned Ferguson’s future in 2000
‘I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell.’
After Manchester United won the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999
‘I am such a bloody talented guy. I might go into painting or something like that.’
On the possible path his life might take after management.
Tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson by : Fajr A Dawood. You can follow the writer on Twitter @FajrAD