Despite a disastrous European campaign and a squad that doesn't hold a candle to the treble winning side, Manchester United are still edging closer towards another Premier League title, and that's all down to our illustrious manager.
Week in, week out I find myself arguing with friends over Sir Alex. Like every United fan I defend the man to the hilt and will quite happily argue for him with anyone, anytime. I find myself repeating the same stats and records over and over again. Is this really what I should be doing with my leisure time spent away from work? Is this really what I should be doing when having a beer with friends I see once in a blue moon? The simple answer is yes.
In a football era characterised by managers coming and going quicker than Chlamydia in a horny student; Sir Alex is a pillar of consistency, a bastion of foresight and remains razor sharp in press conferences. I am happy to defend this man.
United’s Monday night performance left much to be desired. Fans would agree that this was not the performance of a Premier League winning side, with United struggling to break down Blackburn and with De Gea being called into action on numerous occasions, it seemed one point a piece was to be the only fair result. That is, until United did what they do best. The ability to grind out results in games that appear unwinnable is an ability every team desires and one which Manchester United possess. Putting two goals away against a plucky Blackburn side is yet another piece in the Premier League puzzle.
With Manchester City on the rocks, Tottenham coming out the back of a poor run of form and Arsenal’s winning streak coming to an end, I feel justified in my constant and relentless battle to make sure that non-United supporters see just how good Sir Alex is. Even with a questionable defence and average-at-best midfield; Sir Alex has been able to push out results where others have faltered, rest and play his team at the right time and claw his way to the top: Characteristics of a true great.
The ability to grind out results in games that appear unwinnable is an ability every team desires and one which Manchester United possess.
But why does he still remain the focus of such vitriol amongst football fans? The constant chewing like a demented donkey? The unsettling ability of his team to win games in extra time? Well, yes. These are contributing factors to why so many hate Sir Alex with such passion and conviction. However, my overriding feeling when it comes to Fergie is that people don’t like winners. Especially ones that keep winning.
With a record like his I can only put the constant hounding and smearing of Fergie down to jealousy. Show me a football fan who doesn’t want their team to win and I’ll show you an idiot. Show me a football fan that doesn’t dream of their team achieving what Manchester United have and I’ll show you a liar.
As City find themselves in turmoil, Mancini must be looking at Fergie and thinking how? How has this man remained in the position he is in for so long? How has he achieved so much? And how have I managed to say I don’t trust a player and brought back another that clearly doesn’t want to be at the club? The answer to the last question is anyone’s guess.
I will continue to defend Sir Alex as and when it is required because ultimately I know he will not let me down. I only write this as I know my perpetual defence of Fergie is justified and quantified by past and present results, something which I know 99% of clubs in the world can only dream of.
City can keep their millions. Arsenal can keep Van Persie. Spurs can keep Harry. We’ve got Sir Alex Ferguson. We’ve got a winner.
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