There has ever been a debate discussing how few mangers could so successful leading a single side for entire career and when we talk about most successful mangers of the game, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson comes on top, and why not, after all he served United for more than two decades with unprecedented track record. But unfortunately, ever since he left his baby, Red Devils are struggling to recollect their lost charm. First David Moyes and now Van Gaal could not achieve a fraction of what Alex attained in his longest career and this is what worries United fans and well-wishers hence they keep discussing how they can bring the old memories back. Former United great, 37-year-old English Rio Ferdinand, is one such player who cares of his team more hence believes Alex could only be so successful coz he brought ‘animals’ to Old Trafford who were hungry for victories and that is the sole reason his team performed aggressively in the field with an all-around domination.
According to him, this policy later followed by many teams but none of them could reach where Alex did, therefore they should look for an aggressive manager who has the guts to use every player based on his skills rather what history or his record says. Talking about Ferguson and how he won two Champions Leagues and 13 league titles for his club, Rio Ferdinand, who was dropped from the side this league season, said in an interview, “Ferguson got rid of players who didn’t buy into the Man United way, for one, or weren’t capable of being intense every day,” Ferdinand said from the BT green room, where he was analysing the Champions League.
“That’s why you don’t remain at a place like Man United. If you’re not an animal who can go in there and be intense every day and demand from yourself and others to improve, you won’t stay long… and good riddance. It (attitude) comes from the manager, I think, and the players identify that and then go and start playing that out on a regular basis, but I think obviously you need the manager to set the tone, and then the experience being able to deal with it.
“I came in to a squad experienced at winning. For example, when I came in, I never knew how to win. I was looking around like a sponge and I had Roy Keane, Giggsy, Scholesie in that dressing room.”