These Are The Things Fans Will Never Forget About Sir Alex Ferguson
1. His Manchester United
Sir Alex Feguson will forever be associated with Manchester United. He may have made his name with Aberdeen but it is with the Red Devils that he’ll tattoo his name on the flesh of time, for all times.
He shaped United. He guided them from the brink of mediocrity to being the undisputed masters of the English game.
He saw to it that Manchester United became the very best in the world and in the process he became one of the most successful and respected managers in the history of football.
After twenty-six and a half years in charge of the Red Devils and having won 38 major trophies, Ferguson retired in May 2013.
His Manchester United already miss him.
2. His Arsenal Snub
Alex Ferguson was the hottest thing in British football in the mid-80s after he helped Aberdeen to the European title. All the major sides wanted him: Scotland, Arsenal, Rangers, and many of the other big guns.
He did have a stint with Scotland but once he stepped down from the Scottish hot-seat, the bookmakers were pretty certain Arsenal was his next bus-stop.
But he rejected their offer. He snubbed Arsenal outright.
Man United came calling later and he hopped on the ship at once.
And Arsenal must have felt lucky after Ferguson’s first five years at Manchester United didn’t produce a single trophy.
3. His Cantona Signing
During those five barren years, Man United were often so close to winning the league trophy. Yet they always seem to lack someone who could drag them over the line.
Alex Ferguson identified this need but it’s one thing to identify the need and it’s another to be able to fill it.
Fergie singled out Leeds United’s talisman, Eric Cantona as the right peg for his team and United pulled out all the stops to sign him.
How right Fergie was! The Frenchman was perfectly made for the Red Devils. Although, he was never able to completely tame his own devils, Cantona became a Manchester United icon and the glory days returned to United.
Cantona’s signing goes down as the most important in the Fergie era. He had to make it and he did.
Eric Cantona would go on to help Manchester United win the Premier League title four out of his first five seasons at Old Trafford.
4. His fledgings
Some Manchester United’s veterans and stalwarts left the team and many expected Ferguson to dip his hands into the clubs coffers and make some marquee signings.
A few transfer targets failed to materialise. And instead of dropping his head, Ferguson turned his attentions towards United’s youth team who had recently won the Youth FA Cup.
The likes of Nicky Butt, Gary and Phil Neville, and David Beckham got promoted into the first team and ‘Fergie’s Fledgings’ were born.
That Class of 92 would go on to win so many trophies together under Fergie’s watch. It was Fergie’s masterclass.
5. His Fury
Ferguson’s temper is as legendary as the man himself.
He had a running row with Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger for so long their relationship became feisty and it degenerated into an open battle between the players of the two clubs.
What about his famous hairdryer treatment? Sir Alex Ferguson hates to lose but he hates it even more when his players play poorly. Legend has it that he vents his anger right inside the dressing room.
And on the day his relationship with David Beckham would irreversibly collapse, it was in the dressing room after an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal that Fergie famously kicked a boot that struck David over the eye. The cut required stitches but nothing could stitch their torn bond after that.
It was Ferguson’s temper, and not Beckham’s ego that drove the midfielder to Real Madrid.
6. His Season
Sir Alex Ferguson witnessed so many beautiful seasons at Old Trafford that winning trophies became common place. After Fergie’s first five barren years, there were only probably two or three seasons that United went without a trophy of the over 26 years he spent in charge.
But there was actually one season unparalleled.
It was the 1998-99 season.
Manchester United won the Premier League with more than a bit to spare. They then beat Newcastle in the final of the FA Cup. Two winners medal in the kitty already.
But was that enough for Ferguson? Not with a knife across his throat!
Up next was a UEFA Champions League final clash with Bayern Munich. But Manchester United did brilliantly to turn around a lone goal deficit into a two-one win in stoppage time.
The European treble was unprecedented in English football, but Ferguson had guided United to their finest season ever.
It was to be the undisputed highlight of his own career too.
And fans will never forget him for that!