The Fall of Manchester United after SAF

 


First things first! Sir Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly the greatest football manager of all time and has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football. During his illustrious 26 years with Manchester United he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, and 2 UEFA Champions League titles. I am always reminded of him every time Manchester United are chasing in the dying minutes of the game. You cannot dismiss them until the referee blows the final whistle because of the “Fergie Time” effect.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s leadership style is tough, aggressive and loyal with high commitment towards and from the players. Many of his players considered him as a disciplinarian with a hard character and a stubborn man.

In 2013, just two weeks after winning his 13th Premier League title, Sir Alex announced his retirement from football management crushing hearts of every Manchester United fan and other football enthusiasts.

United have gone from serial winners to mere deceivers on the grand stage. Far from the days in which they were the best team on the planet, the club is still trying to find a seat at the dinner table of Europe’s elite.

Now coming to the headline, “Why has Manchester United fallen after Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit?”

  • Ferguson’s retirement, compounded with the retirement of former Chief Executive David Gill that same summer, left a power vacuum at Old Trafford.

  • He left behind a team that could not outlive his glorious reign because the average age of his strongest first XI in his final year as manager was 31.

  • Ferguson had built a reputation as a promoter of youthful and home grown talent. But in his last years in charge he was beginning to lean more toward experienced players.

  • Vidic and Ferdinand, United’s core players in all their outfield departments left around the same time as Ferguson. It marked the end of an era.

  • Finally, he chose to appoint David Moyes, a manager who had not won anything in the game to take up the uphill task of maintaining United’s legacy.

No matter what, Sir Alex Ferguson will remain the greatest manager in Premier League history but while United fans’ last real taste of glory came under his management, it cannot be denied that Ferguson helped sow the seeds for their current malaise.

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