Thursday 19 April 2018

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

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson

Joe Molloy

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.

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.

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