Twenty six years Sir Alex Chapman Ferguson had an unprecedented trophy laden time at Manchester United winning thirty eight major honours which includes 13 Premier league, five FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League trophies.
These years of success in no doubt made Manchester United and their fans an envy and cynosure of all eyes in English football and In European football.
A look at what happened in the early days of Alex Ferguson’s illustrious Manchester United’s career.
Mark Robins scored one of iconic FA Cup goals at Nottingham Forest to save Alex Ferguson’s job as manager at Manchester United.
In January 1990, a large part of United’s supporters wanted Ferguson out of the club.
United had lost at home to Crystal Palace the previous month, prompting a banner at the Stratford End that accused Ferguson of presiding over “three years of excuses” at Old Trafford.
Defeat away to an in-form Forest in the FA Cup seemed a distinct possibility – and the rumour was such a result would be Ferguson’s last in charge.
Whether he would have survived remains one of football’s great imponderables because instead Mark Robins nodded in the only goal of the game.
United went on to lift the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 in a final replay. It was the first of 38 trophies,
Three years it was to lay the foundation for the clubs most successful manager.
When Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United on 8th May 2013, he left behind a legacy that can arguably never be surpassed, in terms of longevity and an unparalleled trophy and honours won for the club.
Alex Ferguson self-appointed David Moyes to be his successor, but the tenure of the ‘Chosen One’ did not go according to plan, while Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all contributed to United’s slide into mediocrity.
United in this time have spent over a billion pounds on player acquisition and blue chip contracts for players and staff and these activities have been presided over by Ed -Woodward a top executive of the club who endlessly has the blessings of The “Glazers Family” the owners of this great club.
Last season was impacted by Covid-19 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed a top four finish in the English Premier club which was regarded as a milestone amongst the United’s stake holders which shows how slowly they are recently forgetting that they finished the season 33 points behind the winners of the Premier League and their perennial rivals Liverpool.
The new season has in been an example and a continuation on what has been described as a mediocre post -Ferguson era, Manchester united has been poor and erratic.
In the English premier league they have not won at home in the English premier league in 6 games from last season and have not won in four home games this season a loss to Crystal Palace, drubbing in the hands of Spurs 1-6 they lost, an uninspiring draw against Chelsea and a jinx breaking loss to Arsenal first time in 14 years coupled with their first UCL loss to Istanbul Basaksehir who has been poor in the previous two match days has given a voice to the #Oleout guys who always wait for a bad result to begin their campaign..
From David Moyes to Louis Van Gaal to Jose Mourinho and now a former player in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The big question is does Manchester united need a manager change with trophyless Mauricio Pochettino linked or they need to revisit a template that has produced the most successful era at the club which gave the manager 3 years to rebuild and produce successful moments.