News Off the Ball

Thursday 2 October 2014

There never was a 'Manchester United Way', only Ferguson's way

Joe Molloy

Published 23/04/2014 | 02:30

  • Share
File photo dated 19/05/2013 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 22, 2014. The 72-year-old Scot, who has stayed on at the club as a director since finishing as manager, returning to the hot seat so soon after selecting Moyes to be his successor would certainly be interesting. Whether Ferguson would even entertain the idea is very much up for debate, as is the issue of what his comeback would mean for United in the long-term, given the age-old question of 'how do you replace Fergie?' would be straight back on the agenda. Red Devils fans would take considerable comfort from the sight of their most successful boss in the dugout again, though. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd Contenders. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Alex Ferguson

As the rumours were hardening into fact on Monday night, it was interesting to hear Gary Neville on Sky Sports emphasising the 'Manchester United way' and the notion that the core principles of the institution far outweigh the whims of any individuals in power.

  • Share
  • Go To

The truth, of course, is that all bets are off. There is no 'Manchester United way'. There was no 'Manchester United way' when Wilf McGuinness and Frank O'Farrell were both sacked less than 18 months into their respective stints post-Busby and there is no 'Manchester United way' today. Like every other football club, United will slip and slide and oscillate according to the personalities at the helm.

There was, of course, the Alex Ferguson way. The entire club took on the hallmarks of the Ferguson approach and because his tenure was so all-encompassing and lasted for three decades, it was easy to confuse his influence with inherent values of the club. We're entering a new world and it all makes for fascinating viewing.

Irish Independent

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice