One of the most interesting chapters of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography lifts the lid on the relationship between Fergie and David Beckham who, according to the former United manager, thought he was more important to the club than his manager.
The constant media attention and the number of agents that quickly turned Beckham into “Brand Beckham” were the cause for the former England captain’s downfall at Manchester United, explained Fergie at the launch of his biography, My Autobiography, yesterday in London in an explosive press conference.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography won’t be released for another two days but less than 12 hours since the book was unveiled at a packed press conference in London, the first murmurs of discontent – and that’s putting it mildly – have begun to emerge.
Earlier tonight, Roy Keane told ITV that Sir Alex Ferguson ignores the meaning of the word “loyal” and that he won’t lose any sleep over the chapter Fergie dedicated to Keane’s departure from Manchester United
Today is the day. Five months after announcing his retirement and some 13 years since publishing his first book, Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography, My Autobiography, is released to the public.
There’s hardly ever been a more eagerly awaited football-related book, for Fergie being Fergie the book is likely to pull no punches and it must have more than a few people sweating. Revelations, personal attacks and scathing judgments, should have all made their way on the pages on the greatest ever British manager’s biography.
Patrice Evra has told a French television channel that he might leave Manchester United when his contract expires next summer.
The Frenchman’s contract runs out at the end of the season and after seven years at Old Trafford, during which he has won five Premier League titles, a Champions League and two League Cups, the 32-year-old could leave Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.
David Moyes has admitted that Manchester United’s slow start this season has left him disappointed, despite the club’s tradition for being notoriously slow off the blocks.
United conceded a late equaliser on Saturday as Southampton grabbed a deserved 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, which means that David Moyes has now won only once in four league games on home turf, with many suggesting that the Reds have lost their fear factor and that teams are no longer scared to travel to Old Trafford.
There were plenty of reasons to be optimistic about today. United, for a start, were back after a two-week absence forced upon us by the international break and they were back having just renewed Adnan Januzaj’s contract, as the talented teenager put pen to paper on a five-year deal just when most Reds had begun to expect a repeat of the fiasco that surrounded Paul Pogba’s departure.
If those weren’t enough reasons to be cheerful, David Moyes opted for an attacking-minded starting XI, with Ashley Young and Anderson nowhere near the first team squad, as Nani and Januzaj occupied the two flanks, with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini deployed in the middle of the park.
Manchester United host Southampton today hoping to continue where they left off before the international break, when Adnan Januzaj’s brace rescued three points for David Moyes’ men away at Sunderland.
Southampton, however, are a much harder task than many would have imagined when the fixtures list were released last summer, as the Saints arrive at Old Trafford sitting in fourth place of the table, four points ahead of United and, crucially, boasting the league’s best defensive record, having conceded twice in seven games – Europe’s second best defensive record after Roma’s.
Manchester United are a step closer to tie Adnan Januzaj to a long-term contract, after the 18-year-old has hinted he sees his future at Manchester United.
Januzaj grabbed the headlines two weeks, scoring twice on his first start for the club as United came from behind to beat Sundeland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light, while the teenager was immediately linked with a move away from Old Trafford, as Europe’s top clubs began to showed their interest.