Last season saw the retirement of one of football’s great manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, expressing a time for change at Old Trafford.
A lot of fans knew no different from the great Scot and weren’t use to change, after all the club hadn’t seen it in 26 years. However, instead of worrying about this inevitable change, fans should embrace it and this article aims to tell you why.
Strong Business Model
For most of the season David Gill is a quiet man, one that rarely indulges in the media spotlight and likes to get on with business. But people shouldn’t question the relationship between Sir Alex and David Gill.
Between the two they’ve managed to drive Manchester United Football Club forward both on and off the pitch. The stature of the club in the late 1980s was nothing like the global brand that Manchester United is today and these two deserve honourable mentions for that.
For sure, the club do have debt and this is to be repaid over the next few years, but the club consistently competes for titles year in year out. As a manager Sir Alex has always done his up most to drive a hard bargain and promote youth to keep costs low. Gill and co. have helped to globalise the brand and enter markets like Asia that will bring in great revenues. Together this has help build a stable and successful business.
Unlike board members of Chelsea and Manchester City, the board at Old Trafford and the new manager will never risk the safety of the business for future success. This resembles a strong business model and one that clearly works for this football clubs. With Sir Alex now heading ‘upstairs’ himself, the board will look stronger with the club still being able to attract big names and continue the clubs traditions.
If you want role models of Manchester United’s youth academy, look no further than Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck. The two United players resemble the legacy of what Manchester United’s youth academy is all about.
Both have represented the club for almost 10 years now and developed through the ranks to become increasingly influential first team players. History speaks for itself; promoting youth has been part of Manchester United’s business model, and has been for a number of years now. Most notably Fergie’s Fledglings i.e. Class of 92, won the treble in 1999 which became the catalyst to United’s conveyor belt of home-grown talent over the last 20 years.
Football has globalised more than ever over the past 30 years and now clubs are seeking the brightest young talent from not just their respective countries but globally. Teams are multi-cultural but United still remain that balance of home-grown talent. This is with the likes of Nick Powell, Wilfred Zaha, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling believing they have what it takes to achieve greatness at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex’s ethics have led to ensuring that players brought in respect his rich legacy. Sir Alex was a man who wouldn’t surrender to a player who seeks more value in higher wages than playing for the badge and Manchester United.
This was most evident with the likes of Paul Pogba who left the club for Turin after falling out with Sir Alex over his wages. David Moyes must carry on these rich traditions if United are to continue success of nurturing its own talent that has provided them with so much success in recent years.
Strength in depth
One of the factors that saw United’s achievement of a 20th league title was the depth within the current squad. I’m not talking about the starting eleven but the full squad of 24.
If you were to look at the starting 11’s of bitter rival’s Chelsea and noisy neighbours Manchester City, It would be fair to say that they are stronger. However, these clubs simply can’t replace like-for-like in the way Manchester United can.
Phil Jones is an excellent utility man, while the experience of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs is invaluable from the bench in place of the likes of Michael Carrick and Shinji Kagawa. You simply couldn’t replace the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva at Manchester City and achieve the same performance.
It’s a squad full of goals, experience, youth and the ability to dig deep and win even when the team is playing poorly. As Alan Hansan would say “that’s the sign of Champions!”. This was most evident in the 1-0 win over Reading where the squad were playing poorly but still managed to get the vital three points.
The combination of an epic worth ethic and versatility within the squad is the reason behind United’s success this season.
Looking forward David Moyes will need to invest in new players to replace Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs but the principles of the technique remain in place and that’s the key here. If United can remain to bring this strength in-depth then the club could deliver many titles in the near future.
A good manager in David Moyes
Some fans were calling for Jose, others Jurgen Klopp but Manchester United chose David Moyes and rightly so. Moyes is a man that’s a natural successor to Sir Alex and possesses many similarities to the great scot. He’s got a wonderful work ethic, a competitive spirit and a willingness to give opportunities to youth.
His fiery but honest persona will be respected by both the players and the staff at Old Trafford and that’s a positive sign for fans. David Moyes is a man who will respect the business model that I mentioned earlier, one that is critical to the longevity of the clubs success.
Could you imagine Jose Mourinho coming in and splashing all the clubs millions of star players and not caring about youth? That’s just not the Manchester United way and is most likely why he ended up heading to West-London this summer.
David Moyes is the ideal successor but it’s important for him to be the catalyst to ensure long-term success for Manchester United Football Club. So Manchester United fans, embrace the new era.
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