Tag Archives: Sir Alex Ferguson

England

Manchester United need to announce their new manager this week

The quality of the current Manchester United team is probably somewhere in the middle of the last two seasons.

2012/13 saw Sir Alex Ferguson mastermind a rip-roaring success. His Manchester United team collected more points from losing positions than any other Barclays Premier League team before them. They conceded goals early and allowed teams to come at them; but always threw enough at them to leave with three points. There were memorable comebacks like the one against Aston Villa. There were crazy opening periods like the 4-3 victory over Reading. There was the last gasp victory over Manchester City. The flaws in the team were evident but the goals of Robin van Persie, a gung-ho attitude and the aura of the manager were enough to paper over any cracks.

2013/14 didn’t go so well. David Moyes didn’t react with the same bullish attitude as his predecessor in the face of setbacks. He didn’t throw the kitchen sink at teams after an early goal went in. He waited for the system to pull them round and it couldn’t. There wasn’t the inspiration from the sidelines and there wasn’t a fully-fit Robin van Persie to pop up at the right moment to rescue points.

The quality of the squad is probably worthy of back-to-back top four finishes in the last two seasons but the difference in the managers, and their coaching teams, saw a dramatic swing either way.

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England

Moyes' departure is a lesson for the football world

Sir Alex Ferguson is not the type of man that would enjoy meeting himself. His brash, arrogant personality that supposedly makes way to a gentlemen full of kindness. His mannerism of picking fights with officials and opposition teams at just the right time to shake the attention away from his own players and their failings. A young Alex Ferguson would have got under the skin of the senior version and that’s why he made the wrong choice when finding his successor at Manchester United.

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England

Mourinho the master

This season was always going to be one of unpredictability. With the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson the seat at the head of the Premier League managers’ table was vacant for the first time in decades. The return of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea seemingly left this seat open for him to succeed and on the evidence this season this theory would seem correct.

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England

Regal Rooney returns

With everything that went on at Manchester United this summer it was going to be hard to predict how their season would transpire. The change in manager is, and has been, huge but the return to the fold of Wayne Rooney has been their biggest success thus far. Over the last few weeks he has been imperious and looks back to his regal best at Old Trafford.

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England

Hansen's departure should rejuvenate Match of the Day

First of all Sir Alex Ferguson retired and then last week the BBC announced that Alan Hansen would be leaving Match of the Day at the end of this season, what next? English football is going through one hell of an upheaval but this latest announcement should be seen as a positive step at updating their coverage and placing more emphasis on educating the younger audience.

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England

Van Persie was Sir Alex's final masterstroke

The 2013/14 Premier League season got under way this weekend and one player in particular continued from exactly where he left off last time round. Manchester United’s Robin van Persie delivered a master class in centre forward play at Swansea on Saturday and his form could be the difference once again for David Moyes’ new side.

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England

Mourinho returns as top dog

When Jose Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007 he left a void in the English Premier League that has not been filled despite numerous attempts. That cheeky smile, that twinkle in his eye when he knew his plans were working and his overall engrossing nature made him a hugely controversial character. His chance to return as manager at Chelsea arose this summer and it will be fascinating to see how his second spell in the England will go.

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England

The new Manchester United manager

July 1st 2013. 26 years, seven months and 15 days after Alex Ferguson walked into Manchester United and took the helm, the Old Trafford club wake up with a new man officially in charge of the club.

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World

"Mourinho/Moyes/Guardiola want to sign Bale/Thiago/Suarez…"

Welcome back to The Football Project.

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