"UEFA to sanction Sir Alex Ferguson." What will transpire over the next few weeks, or even months should be interesting to say the least.
The implications of Manchester United's elimination from the Champions League will continue to rumble on whether we like it or not. UEFA's decision to sanction Ferguson will provide an interesting insight and perhaps foreshadowing on the inevitable end of his career.
The silence from the great Scotsman in the days following the aftermath of United's controversial elimination is unusual, yet one suspects we will eventually hear his thoughts on the game that took place at Old Trafford- and it may not be pretty. UEFA have fired the first salvo at Ferguson and most, if not all football enthusiasts are nervously awaiting the expected counter-attack from the United manager.
Ferguson has never been someone who has let an "injustice" go quietly by, yet nothing has been heard from him since that day.
Mike Phelan described him as "too distraught" but I suspect Phelan was being extremely "politically correct" in giving that answer. To be honest, as a journalist, would you want to be in the same room as Sir Alex after that game and also to broadcast his thoughts live to the world? One can imagine the censorship department going into a frenzy.
So what next? Will Ferguson come out in the next few weeks gun blazing and push forward that elite G16 league even more? Or will Ferguson let this one quietly go by?
History shows that the manager may put up another fight and show a total disregard for any authorities, which could make for an amazing spectacle.
The Champions League has always been rife in controversy especially regarding Spanish clubs given supposedly preferential treatment by referees. Anyone Remember the Ovrebo Incident and the fallout that resulted? Or the RVPs sending off against Barcelona? Is this the incident that will set off a UEFA versus Ferguson war with severe repercussions in the future?
There is a possibility Ferguson will quietly let this blow over and this may signal the end, or the ending of his managerial career. Maybe it's time to hand over the keys and usher in a new era as a technical director. Maybe we will see "The Special One" at United sooner than expected?
The future for Manchester United fans is an exciting one regardless of what happens this season.
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