Thursday 19 April 2018

United boss likely 'to be still there in five years'

Oliver Brown

The scale of Alex Ferguson's ambition is such that he is still likely to be manager of Manchester United in five years' time, at the age of 74, according to his son Darren.

Asked if Ferguson Snr had given any suggestion that he would retire after a potential third Champions League triumph, the Peterborough United manager said: "No, he's just going to go on and on. Wherever it ends, it ends. It wouldn't surprise me if he's there in five years' time, as long as his health's fine."

In staying at Old Trafford until 2016, Ferguson would reach a scarcely credible 30 years in charge of United. While he indicated in 2002 that he drew his motivation from trying to overtake Liverpool's 18 league titles -- a feat the club achieved this season -- 39-year-old Darren disputes the idea of an obsession with United's arch-rivals.

"It's coincidental," he said. "I know he said it, but he's not obsessed by that at all. They've got to 19 and he'll want 20, 21.

"He's not obsessed by Liverpool's European Cups, he's not obsessed by Liverpool one iota. Neither should he be."

Ferguson's longevity would, his son argued, prove almost impossible to match. "There are other managers who have done it for 20-25 years, but not at that level, at a club of that magnitude. To keep churning out success with different teams -- I think that's where you've got to start to appreciate it.

"Some managers couldn't last five minutes at Old Trafford."

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