In 1986, The Red Devils made an appointment that changed everything in the world of football, swapping Ron Atkinson for Aberdeen manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. 24 years on, Ferguson and United have won 11 league titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 European Cups and 1 FIFA Club World Club trophy – making Fergie the most successful manager in the history of the English game.
His managerial skills are superior to most and knowledge of the game and it’s players, second to none. And boy, his tactics have certainly withstood the test of time.
But will Fergie reach his 25th year in charge of United?
When Sir Alex arrived in the north-west in 1986, United fans fantasized about their team being “as good as that team down the road.” And if United pick up their 19th league title this season, that fantasy will finally be fulfilled. And once that happens, where is there to go for the Scot? Does it get any better than being the most successful team in England? And, if Fergie’s last game means that United do indeed overtake Liverpool’s record there is no doubt that Sir Alex would go down as a Red Devils legend.
But if he was to go on and keep managing United for the next 5 years, he would most probably end his career on a bad note, given the United’s inability to compete in the transfer market as well as the rapid improvement of Manchester City and Spurs.