Why Manchester United need to move away from ‘the Fergie way’

Sir Alex Ferguson has undeniably gone down as the greatest manager that has ever been in the footballing world and I doubt we will see anyone reach his level again.

He was appointed as Manchester United manager in 1986 where he stayed for over 20 years and retired from managing in 2013.

Over those years the list of trophies that the Scotsman won seems to be never ending:

13 x English League Champions
10 x English Super Cup Winners
5 x English FA Cup Winner
4 x English League Cup Winner
2 x Champions League Winner
1 x Intercontinental Cup Winner
1 x FIFA Club World Cup Winner
2 x World’s Best Club Coach

But how fair is it to constantly compare new managers to the reign of Fergie?

David Moyes

Moyes had the unfortunate task of stepping into Fergie’s shoes but only lasted one year and left United in 2014 after only winning the English Super Cup once.

Moyes had what seemed to be a successful era at Everton managing 518 games, winning 218 of them, drawing 139 and only losing 161.

He did this with very limited funding so was backed to have done good stuff at a club with the financial backing of Manchester United.

In his first and only season he won 27 games, drew 10 and lost 15. At most clubs in the Premier League this would have been considered an acceptable first season in the dugout but not for the Manchester club.

The fans turned against “The Chosen one” and demanded a new manager was given the job, someone who could manage “The Fergie Way”.

Could there have been time for a new era at United titled “The Moyes Way” if he was given time to implement his own style on the club instead of being compared to Sir Alex?

Louis Van Gaal

Van Gaal was the next permanent manager at Old Trafford and was welcomed with open arms.
He was joining with an impressive CV where he had won 19 trophies before joining the red devils at
clubs like Bayern Munich and Ajax.

So going off his honours then he seemed like the perfect person to usher in the next trophy winning team at United.

He started by signing some big names for the club including Angel Di Maria, Falcao and Bastian Schweinsteiger which helped him land the FA Cup and have his eyes on more trophies.

Van Gaal also managed to tempt some young talent to the club in the shape of Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial who have both continued their career at the top level of the game.

Could Van Gaal’s style of management brought more success at Old Trafford if he was given more time and not turned against for “not managing how Fergie would”?

Jose Mourinho

Now we come to the manager who was most likely to bring silverware to Old Trafford.
Mourinho has had some of the biggest jobs in club football and been successful at all of them, winning almost every trophy that there is to offer in Europe at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter so surely, he would have been given time to do things his way?

In his 2 years at United he won the League Cup, Super Cup and Europa League so was already the most successful manager the reds had after Ferguson.

“The Special One” came to blows with players on the training ground and seemed to lose the backing of the changing room, board and fans.

It was thought that Fergie would not have allowed players to have acted how they did at the training ground, but was it Mourinho’s doing and could he have dealt with it his own way?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The current manager at Old Trafford and the one with the least experience after a less than successful stint at Cardiff and then not proving himself at Norwegian team, Molde, where he was in charge for 107 games, winning 58 and losing 30.

He has been brought in due his time playing under Sir Alex and is considered to know how the club is run and what it means to be at United.

United are hoping that Solskjaer can bring back “The Fergie Way”.

Fergie was allowed time to bring in his own style at United when he was brought in as an
inexperienced manager, should Ole be given the same treatment and be asked to bring in his own era without the weight of being compared to Sir Alex?

(Image via talkSPORT)

Liam Amos
@AmosLiam1

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