Once more unto the breach dear friends……………….kind of.
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For two decades Manchester United fans have set out in August, more in expectation than in mere hope. We had an advantage, an extra ingredient that set us apart from the rest.This isn’t just the view of someone born with pre-installed scarlet contact lenses; this was something a City fan said to me in March: “We can spend all the money in the world, but as long as you have Fergie – you’ll always have the upper hand”.I agreed with him of course, in fact during the conversation I agreed with most things he said. If you can put your colours to one side (occasionally) you’ll find the view from ‘The Enemy’ quite interesting. I had a similar conversation with a Liverpool fan In June. Although he’d filled his ‘LFC Conspiracy theory Bingo card’ within the first 15 minutes –I did eventually get some sense out of him. He too admitted that having a man like ‘Alex Ferguson’ (“It’s SIR Alex mate!”) in charge for such a long time, meant that going into each season United knew what to expect. (More …)
It has been very quiet at TF Towers for a while now, the over saturation of United gossip on social networks is one of the factors of my lack of writing on anything United related. So much has changed since I last wrote here, both at the club and also on a personal level.
This is a Manchester United blog so I won’t bore you with the personal stuff. Although I will add that I do not cope well with change, so Sir Alex’s retirement has kicked me in the gut several times over and I’m sure it will continue to do so. Like many have said they have never known anything other than Sir Alex at United and I am the same, we have been a privileged group of supporters to witness his time with Manchester United.
When I think of United without Sir Alex as Manager, I still feel tears emerging from my eyes. I am actually fighting them back now as writing this all makes it real. At every coaching course that I have been on Sir Alex was used as an example, the broadest proud grin used to come across my face every time. That was OUR manager. I had even managed to make my English presentation at school on ‘Motivational Leaders’ about him. My teacher supported Arsenal so you can imagine how well that went down…
But he really has gone. We have a new Manager now. Everything starts fresh. (More …)
The retirement of Alex Ferguson spells an end to the greatest era in the history of Manchester United, but with every end comes a new beginning.
The greatest manager of his generation, and arguably of all-time; Sir Alex brought success after success to the club, rebuilding squads, creating formulas for title winning sides and laying a foundation for future success – but he did not always get it right.
We all know it took a fair few years before Ferguson won his first trophy. We all remember the sale of Jaap Stam, which should never have happened. We all remember the apparent forcing of David Beckham out of the club as he was perceived to be getting too big for his boots and far too much media attention. We are all aware of the Djemba-Djemba years in which Chelsea and Arsenal both dominated the Premier League, whilst United lurked in the background, miles behind the two London outfits in terms of ability, team spirit and all round solidity.
Arsenal went a season unbeaten, followed by Chelsea who won back to back titles and a record breaking Premier League points total – not to mention they had the financial backing of a Russian billionaire so could continue to buy the best players… but Sir Alex, again, built a squad that not only won the domestic league title back, but went on to win the Champions League.
The sign of a true winner is how you react when the chips are down. Sir Alex Ferguson was a winner. (More …)
When I was a kid I used to watch a programme called ‘America’s Top Ten’
I was a music buff. I had a fascination with the charts, how many records were sold, and how long these chunks of vinyl stayed popular. It was natural that one day it would become my job.
The programme used to be on ridiculously late at night, so I would tape it on our battered VHS…and watch it when I got home from school with a peanut butter sandwich and a pint of Um Bongo. Ah heady days. One of the segments of the programme that used to confuse me was a two minute run down of ‘The Black Chart.’ I was not clear what this meant…but I assumed it was a chart for black artists…or was it a chart for black music? The point is…it was a sub-chart for the main thing…the real deal Billboard. It was a chart to separate a certain genre and artist away from the mainstream. Sometimes it would be refered to as the RnB chart, but some of the acts were clearly NOT RnB. It was a sign of the times in 1985. Segregation was understood, even though strides were being made to break down barriers. Years later in the UK, in the late 90s…we would call it the Urban chart. This was to escape the racial direction the name of a chart could lean on, and to try to promote an inclusive element to music purchasing. To make sure that discrimination had no place in our modern industry.
When Sir Alex made his bombastic comments about Jason Roberts, and then his promise to ‘deal with’ Rio Ferdinand for not wearing a Kick It Out T-Shirt…I was perplexed, and a tad angry. Yes we worship Fergie. He has been there and bought the t-shirt! The old man knows the game inside out. And as much as I love him…I realise he isn’t always right. I thought he had dropped a ricket…pulling rank on a player who has spent a year supporting his brother in what is the most famous case of a racist accusation in English football history.
So I was delighted when later the manager publicly came out and backed Rio’s right to have freedom of choice, giving his opinion on how we should move forward together, rather than acting in an old skool manner. His words were reassuring. He explained his thoughts on ‘union’…and he sounded like the wise sage we know he is. Harmony was restored swiftly…just how we like it.
Now we hear of ‘The Federation of Black Players’… (More …)
Before I start, I realise how can I list all the wonderful things about Manchester United being back in just a few points on a blog. Well I can write an opus but would anyone take the time to read it? Exactly. I like most of you I’m sure, are not just excited about Manchester United being back but also the football season. Manchester United is the all consuming part of my life but football itself is a big passion of mine also.
Some of these reasons might not be totally Manchester United related but it’s my list and I can do what I want!
The Premier League is back tomorrow!
First and foremost the season starts tomorrow, our campaign starts against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night. Hard to believe that we’ve waited so long for the new season isn’t it? Some of us impatiently… (More …)
People always believe what they want to believe.
And people have the right to change their opinions as and when things happen.
So the IPO breakdown is out. It appears that the Glazers will now split the profits from this floatation…rather than plough it back into the club. This fact is hardly surprising. We understand their motives. It’s painfully obvious. However, there is one curveball in all this that I didn’t see coming:
Page 113 of the prospectus states: ‘to be awarded to select employees, consultants and non-employee directors’
Hmm. This line on its own is open to interpretation. However, if you have ever operated in a commercial business before the sentiment is fairly straight forward. Those that help the owners run the business…will profit. Simple. The participants in this award…well we will probably never know for sure…for we are only the fans! What right do we have to know??!! In business terms…none.
So who are these ‘select employees’ ?
Well, David Gill will be one. For sure. He is the ultimate Glazer puppet. He is also a very easy target, for those who bang the LUHG drum. Those who sit around a boardroom table are often demonized. They hold the purse strings. It’s easy to think of them as financial devils when sometimes they are not! But what about Fergie? Is he a ‘select employee’?? I would say any manager of any football club would be considered as having such a standing in the business..especially the greatest coach of all time, who likes his fingers in all the pies.
Now this could very easily turn into an Alex Ferguson witch-hunt, so its important to step away from the rifle…so it is not within arms reach. The financial stripping of our club is more emotive than any non-signing. Any bit of transfer tat. Some fans amazingly don’t understand this. I’ve always tried to shy away from the political element of Manchester United. Why? Cos frankly it is boring compared to watching the lads play! But I do understand that somethings can’t be brushed under the carpet. And there is a question now that must be addressed:
Will Alex Ferguson’s wallet directly benefit from this cash extraction by the Glazers under the cloak of this IPO? (More …)
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By now I am sure many of you would have read about Sir Alex Ferguson’s latest rant in which he defended Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family. In his press conference, Fergie even went on to attack sections of the United fan base by claiming that those opposing the Glazer’s control over the club are not ‘real’ fans. Various journalists and bloggers have tried to make sense of the whole situation with many taking offence to Fergie’s attack, whilst others have agreed with his stance.
There have been dozens of articles showing all sorts of figures to prove just how badly the Glazer family have hampered Manchester United’s progress over the last 7 years whilst using words such as ‘IPO’ and ‘Bonds’, something which I don’t even want to pretend I understand. Now although I’m against the Glazer ownership, I’ve decided not to jump on the bandwagon and criticise Sir Alex for his comments. Instead, I feel its best that we try and make sense of what lead to him saying what he did.
The first theory put forward by many to try and explain Sir Alex’s attack is that he’s trying to promote the selling of season tickets at Old Trafford before the season starts. The logic behind this is that ‘if Fergie defends the Glazers and says we have money, then people would believe we’ll sign more players this transfer window ’. Yes, the idea that we’re still able to compete with City and Chelsea when it comes to paying hefty transfer fees and wages is one we’d all like to believe, however that might not necessarily encourage fans to buy season tickets. In fact, it could even have the exact opposite effect. If Fergie’s come out and verbally attacked large sections of the crowd, many would feel offended and be put off renewing their season tickets.
It’s then safe to assume that Alex wasn’t trying to encourage the sale of season tickets, so what was the idea behind his rant? If reports are believed, United are currently chasing various big-name talents across the globe, ranging from the likes of Lucas Moura to Robin Van Persie. If the manager was genuinely interested in signing these players, or any other top talent, it’s essential that the club is shown to be in good hands. How can a club where the manager is opposed to the club’s owner look like a promising attraction to anyone interested in joining the club? It isn’t, and so it’s a no-brainer that Fergie would defend the Glazer family. A club with a stable foundation is an attractive one, so even though our current state isn’t such, Sir Alex is still trying to make it look like that’s the case. (More …)
Social networks have many plusses and an equal amount of negatives, none of which I will go in to here in much detail. Personally I use Twitter as a forum to discuss many things, none more than United, with people from all over the world. But one thing is abundantly clear from using this forum, and that is the majority of ‘fans’ on there act like hormone-ravaged schoolgirls at a Justin Beiber concert when it comes to Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison. Recent news of moves away for the two talented youngsters has sent the fan-boys and girls into melt down. The level of hysteria shown by the masses of United related tweeters have surpassed the feelings shown when Ronaldo left, when Rooney threw his wage-related paddy or when Scholes retired. The statements I have read have filled me with a plethora of emotions ranging from disgusted to embarrassed, annoyed to just down-right confused. I read calls for Fergie losing the plot because we aren’t doing enough to secure their signatures. I witnessed tweets where people have actually abused Morrison and his girlfriend because he is rumoured to be moving to Newcastle. What the hell is going on people? (More …)
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This article gives me little pleasure to write.
Alex Ferguson is, has been, and always will be something of a hero to me. Thanks to him my time supporting United has coincided with a seemingly endless run of success. A glorious chapter that could never have been foreseen by those, like my Dad, who have spent the bulk of their football life clinging onto the occasional cup success. However one of the sobering experiences of growing up is recognising your heroes to be less than the faultless, supreme beings you thought they were. Rightly or wrongly, I perceived Alex Ferguson as ‘different’, a bastion of truth, someone who understood what our great club means to the fans. No longer can this be argued to be the case; over the last half decade our manager has become not only distant but purposefully misleading in his communication with the fans.
In short; Alex Ferguson is a liar.
eric the king
eric the king
Dean ,Collyhurst, Manchester
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Knee jerking is the football fans favourite hobby.
We love nothing more than to have a good moan and sometimes even a cry, when our clubs misfire and perform like they are a bunch of pub footballers.
The collective skin of The Faithful is sore and swollen this morning, after a second defeat in just a few days. United being beaten is not a new thing. United playing very poorly is not a new thing…but us spoiled fans are not used to the two things together on a regular basis. More worryingly, what has become more concerning is the trend of ‘apathetic United’…the team playing within themselves. Replacing flair with function. Having a mindset to just do enough rather than use the steamroller…as was once the United tradition. And the reasons for this shine like a beacon.
On display last night was the full inglorious ecosystem of what has been happening to the MUFC food-chain over the last couple of years. You could even highlight this period of time with the term ‘Post-Ronaldo’ ..That’s not to say the United cannot survive, function or win without Ron. But it is certainly the only point I can pin point where we have seen a sea change in our team’s DNA. If Rooney really WAS troubled by the lack of quality when he was having his…ahem..’contract troubles’..there is every possibility he will feel all that again come the close of this January transfer window, when he looks round at his team mates in training. (More …)