If the galaxy is continually expanding, we can only assume this is because it is trying to get away from Sir Alex Ferguson's fiery temper. If there were any lingering doubts about the Glaswegian's ability to terrify mankind, matter and anything in existence, the last week has surely laid them to rest.
The evidence for this can be seen on the field of play. This is surely the most lacklustre and least clinical United side ever to top a league table. Yet up there they are. In the last two matches our side have played, and I’m being kind here, appallingly.
Villa’s Under-12s nearly put us to the sword last week and against a nine-man Wigan side at Old Trafford the side looked like Ann Widdecombe would improve it. But in every game of football something crucial happens at about the 75-minute mark. The players realise that they’ll be in a small room with Alex Ferguson in quarter of an hour. It is clearly not a prospect they fancy without having secured some points for the club.
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I would suggest that the playing staff might be particularly scared of the old fella at the moment after his majestic crushing of Wayne Rooney. Rooney, a trained boxer, player of the year and most important member of the England squad, was reduced to nothingness by one Fergie press conference and can probably count himself lucky to be alive.
Fergie was in Qatar this week to plug their World Cup bid for 2022. His outspoken interview espousing the importance of “the manager being the most important person at the club” was the equivalent of a barbarian striking his chest and calling challengers to battle. The fact that there are serious doubts over FIFA’s selection process in the World Cup could not have passed him by. But are you going to tell him to avoid getting involved? I’m certainly not.
Instead of trying to imagine how a good fist-fight between the manager and Chuck Norris might turn out, I am more interested in how he can get the team to play well, or at least with a bit of dynamism, for the entire 90minutes of a game instead of just the last little bit. If this conundrum can be solved we have a darn good chance of winning the league.
Alex Ferguson in a good mood
With regards to where the £220m came from to service the PIK debts, we can presume that SAF scared the interest payments into submission. Either that, or we’ll find out we’ve been ripped off by the Glazers again next time accounts are published. That will be in the new year and hopefully by then United will have, ahem, scared off the opposition.
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