As a Manchester United fan it is a great shame for me to have to write an article like this and hearing that some Manchester United fans were shouting abuse at Sir Alex Ferguson during the Manchester derby on Tuesday.
He provided 38 trophies during his 26-year reign at the helm of the Red Devils and simply is a club legend and one of, if not the best manager ever.
There are some fans who blame this season’s poor results on Ferguson and to them I say shame on you. Shame on you for not respecting his achievements, the fact that he retired for his health and to spend time with his wife and that Manchester United have not always been a successful club.
As an 18-year-old my time supporting Manchester United has been laden with glory; however I also respect the fact that before Ferguson was appointed Manchester United were close to being relegated.
Not all Manchester United fans are like me - many are glory hunters who expect to win titles every year and brag to their friends about how well their team are doing.
There are fans who have been criticising Ferguson for recommending David Moyes as his successor, however, you will notice he didn’t actually appoint Moyes. Merely suggesting that Moyes was an eligible candidate which the board and most fans agreed with at the time, neither the owners nor the fans came up with better candidates.
Our current predicament should not be blamed on Sir Alex - it is not his fault that Moyes bought Marouane Fellaini instead of Ross Barkley or that Juan Mata was bought for £37million then was forced to play out of position.
He told Moyes to keep his backroom staff (Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen) who could have helped him integrate into the club, however Moyes chose to appoint his own coaches. Once again this was not Sir Alex Ferguson’s fault.
Ferguson gave us good memories to cherish; 13 League titles (and knocking Liverpool off their perch!), five FA Cups, fpur League Cups, two Champions League titles, the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Cup winners Cup, the Inter-Continental Cup and 10 Community Shields.
If some Manchester United fans can’t accept our current phase of transition then they are plastic fans who don’t deserve to be part of the club. Sir Alex Ferguson took Manchester United from the cusp of relegation to the top of the table within a few years which is a ridiculous achievement, but not only that he provided a consistent success during his tenure. We should respect that and be thankful for his service to club and the Premier League rather than criticise him.
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