Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in the history of English football.
On Monday, he won his 13th Premier league title by beating Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
There is a growing consensus, however, that when Ferguson eventually leaves the club Manchester United won’t be the force it used to be here we look at some of the reasons why this might be the case.
Getting the best out of the squad
If we compare the squads of the top four clubs in the Premier league, United appear the weakest of the lot as they lack quality at left-back, on the wings and in midfield.
The central defence and forward line are two areas where United have strength in depth and Ferguson's mastery has been using his squad so that the weak areas of the team are not exploited. Managers of less ability would find it hard and the squad will need a complete revamp when the manager departs - and clubs find it difficult to recover from these downward spirals.
Loyalty to the older players
The biggest myth in football is perhaps Ferguson's trust in youth and the quartet of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes that Ferguson promoted from the academy in the early nineties, but the fact is that those players were quality individuals and would have forced their way into the team no matter who was in charge.
Ferguson has been reluctant to play young players at the club, which has seen players leave the club and ply their trade elsewhere. The departure of players like Gerard Pique, Giuseppe Rossi and more recently Paul Pogba suggests that Ferguson doesn’t trust youth and is reluctant to throw them in at the deep end.
His loyalty to players like Giggs, Scholes and Patrice Evra will hurt the club in the longer run.
The club might have won this year’s Premier League title but any other manager would struggle to get results out of the current lot.
To ensure that this is not the case the club has to go out and strengthen in the summer.
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