In this new series named ‘Legendary Managers, we will talk about the key points in the career of arguably the best manager in football history: Sir Alex Ferguson.
We are about to begin another idea for a new football editorial, in this one we go deep into the history and illustrious career of Sir Alex Ferguson as the first entry in our ‘Legendary Managers’ series. We will focus on the competitive nature that kept this Scotsman always interested in winning titles through the span of a long career, one that lasted over 26 seasons with the Red Devils. We will talk about his first years as a Premier League manager in which he struggled to win his first title, as well as his impressive work with the youth academy at Manchester United that brought the golden generation of the club known as “The Fergie Boys”. To finish with this study, we will also talk about the eye for spotting new talent that Alex Ferguson has which have brought Manchester United to become the most successful English football club in the world.
The beginning and Sir Alex’s first title.
Coming out of a relatively modest career as a player in the sixties, Sir Alex got his first big break as a manager for Scottish club Aberdeen where he gave everyone a perfect idea of his talents as a coach. With the first professional club he managed, a young Ferguson won a staggering eleven titles in the span of eight years between 1978 and 1986 including three Scottish Premier League trophies. By his last year with Aberdeen, the Manchester United board of directors at the time were looking for a man who could revive the Red Devil’s old successful history and started searching for the right match. They first believed they had found the ideal manager for the club and decided to sign Ferguson, but his first title didn’t come until 1989 when he won the FA Cup with the Red Devils. His career started taking off after the nineties decade.
The Fergie Babes.
Alex Ferguson’s idea of success at Manchester United was for the long term, he knew that if he wanted to accomplish all his plans he would need to produce his own generation of players who would execute all his ideas to perfection. The generation of 1992 was the one that Ferguson felt that it could become something special, a group of young talents formed by Gary Neville (later joined by his brother Phil), Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, and a Welsh skinny winger named Ryan Giggs. The future of the Red Devils would be formed by this lot and would produce one of world football’s most impressive dynasties in history. But that generation of players would need some years to mature, so Ferguson did need the help of some transfers from outside of the club in order to keep winning those titles.
Alex Ferguson’s eye for talent.
The Scotsman didn’t only have great instinct to recognize true talent from young players, he also had a keen sense of which players from other places could help the team grow. The manager’s first major transfer was French misfit Eric Cantona, who was arguably the best player from his country before France’s golden generation that Zinedine Zidane led to the 1998 World Cup. Ferguson decided to give the forward the mythical number ‘7’ shirt, and he responded by delivering United’s first four Premier League titles in the Alex Ferguson era. But the Fergie Boys were the ones that brought him the most success at Manchester, they won the first ever Treble for an English side in Football history back in 1999 and continued to deliver trophies for the boss. That Treble before the end of the millennium got him knighted by the Queen of England, and he won 38 titles for the Red Devils throughout the span of a 26-year career. Widely recognized as the best manager ever, Sir Alex Ferguson is our first entry of the ‘Legendary Managers’ series.
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