Why this will be Sir Alex’s last season as United manager

by Big Fidge

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

MANCHESTER United will win the title this season. I have little doubt about that. They have already built up a lead that a number of their players and – more importantly – their manager knows how to maintain.

And with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal stumbling over themselves in the chase, the race could be over long before the end of the season.

And with it, I believe, could come the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure as manager.

Really, I think he would be silly not to step down. He can walk out on a high with the Premier League trophy under his arm – and maybe more – rather than stay and see it drift away.

My reasons for coming to this notion are simple.

Firstly, his tried and trusted group of players are falling by the wayside. Gary Neville handed in his notice last week, Edwin Van Der Sar has signalled his intentions to retire and Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will be feeling their age too. They will also want to go out on a high.

Aside from those four, elsewhere in the squad you have John O’Shea, Wes Brown, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Owen and Jonny Evans who all look short of the standard the club demands. Others like Anderson, Chris Smalling, Gabriel Obertan and Darron Gibson may have time on their side to develop, but could not form the basis of a successful side next season.

Sir Alex, if he were to stay on, would have to rebuild the best part of an entire squad – again. Does he really have the patience and years for that? I think not.

And his second worry is the rise and rise of Manchester City.

Sheikh Mansour’s billions and his faith in Roberto Mancini has formed a team challenging for this year’s championship and one that will be favourites next season.

I think City will win it in 2011/12. Manchester United can’t compete – no one can, not even Chelsea – with the Sheikh’s wallet.

And does Sir Alex want to be the manager of United when they surrender their crown to City? Again, I think not.

After a stunning career and his place cemented as the greatest British football manager of his generation, Sir Alex will leave the dugout and head for the directors’ box at Old Trafford.

There is, however, a chink of light ahead for United fans. There is one man who would not baulk at the prospect of stepping into Sir Alex’s shoes. One man who will put in the effort into rebuilding the squad in his own mould and not worry about the Ferguson’s shadow looming large.

Jose Mourinho’s time at Real Madrid looks set to end this summer and a return to the Premier League is an almost certainty.

The Special One as manager and the Great Scot as director of football could prove the combination to keep success in the Red half of Manchester.

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  • http://www.google.com The Man

    false, the man said it him self, he’ll continue coaching untill his health drops

  • Big Fidge

    And his health will deteriorate rapidly once he is chasing Manchester City from a standing start. They have strengthened continually in pre-season, January and will do again in July. United will be playing catch-up.

  • Josh

    I don’t Sir Alex would surprise people with his resignation, he’s a classy guy in some respects and would announce it in the manner of say Van Der Sar. The man has coped with the loss of plenty of his stalwarts over his tenure and I’m sure he’s capable of breeding/buying new talent capable of leading Utd again to glories. I can see your viewpoint on the rise of City, but again I don’t Sir Alex would run scared from his position. Furthermore, I don’t see why you think Mourinho is certain to exit Real? He is potentially the greatest manager at the moment, Real Madrid know that in sacking Mourinho, the only way to improve is to hire Ferguson/Wenger…so I can see Jose staying at least another season. Besides, he tends to leave with a job lined up and after at least 2 seasons, with the predominant amount of success coming in his 2nd season, as at Inter. Unless he’s eyeing up Wolfsburg, I have to say I don’t think he’ll be off too soon, however, this story may just come good towards the end of next season. Who knows!?

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