In a Manchester United career spanning 25 years and 4 decades, Sir Alex Ferguson has achieved a collection of honours greater than any other manager in the history of British football. His management and tenure has seen Manchester United United dragged from their underperforming FA Cup winning era of the 70’s & 80’s and returned them to the title winning and European conquering era’s of the 50’s and 60’s. Importantly, he’s achieved it by playing attack minded football the United way.
However, there’s a growing sense of distaste amongst the Manchester United fans for the greatest manager of all-time, the man who has undoubtedly brought them footballing moments they never dreamt they would see thanks to comments he’s alledged to have said recently. Red Issue have pencilled and forwarded a letter to Mr Ferguson in the hope he’ll find the time to respond and answer the questions put to him about how he sees The Glazer’s, the clubs debt and more importantly asks….what is a real fan?
Here’s the letter in full.
The Deep-Lying Playmaker-
There are several midfield roles that Manchester United has needed to address this summer, and they solved one of them early on. Shinji Kagawa showed considerable talent as an attacking midfielder in the past two seasons. Playing just behind the lead striker, he was able to score 13 goals and 8 assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances this past season. He has appeared as a strong scoring threat, to go with his talent for creating goals for others. His main issue in 2011/2012 was his problems with his teammate, Borussia Dortmund’s main striker, Robert Lewandowski, who Kagawa claimed was selfish and unwilling to play the ball off when he was the better option. Even through this conflict, he was able to score 13 goals to show what a dangerous scoring threat he is.
A creative attacking midfielder was a position that needed filling for Manchester United, as the only other options were an aging Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley, who has struggled with injuries and who could perhaps better be used in a deeper central midfield role. With the attacking midfielder role filled, one of the roles most desperately needing to be filled is that of a deep-lying playmaker. Continue reading
With the news of Manchester United’s recent pursuit of Brazilian teenage starlet rumoured to be over following quotes suggesting that United would not increase their offer for the player from Lucas’ agent Wagner Ribeiro it appears that Manchester United will have to turn their focus onto other targets in order for them to improve the squad that finished runners up to fierce city rivals Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League last season.
For a club like Manchester United there are always options in the transfer market with the name of the club revered around the globe due the clubs vast success over the years, in particular the Sir Alex Ferguson era, as well as the huge globalisation of marketing that Manchester United have undertaken over the years in order to expand their brand into places such as Africa, Asia and more recently the United States of America.
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I used to spend summers avidly reading every bit of transfer gossip containing the words “Manchester United”, wondering which player would make the step from a smaller English club to M16 or which footballer would bring his continental flair and panache onto the Old Trafford turf.
I received an update from our Ex-Season Ticket Holder, Paul McGeady. In it, Paul informed me that United had finally contacted him via a phone call and he explained how it went.
With Paul’s permission, here’s the email word-for-word and a few of Paul’s thoughts. It also includes a follow-up email from the club after the conversation took place.
Have a read of it and leave your thoughts below.
When Nick Powell put pen to paper and signed for Manchester United, many were puzzled by Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to invest on an unproven, albeit highly talented, youngster rather than splashing the cash on a central midfielder of proven quality.
The jury is and will be out for some time but the former Crewe player won’t be fazed one bit by it, as he prepares to make the huge leap from League Two to the Premier League and the Champions League.
Powell joined Crewe’s academy as a five-year old and developed into one of the most promising young midfielders in the country, making his full debut in 2010, when he was only 16.