Throughout Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United, there have often been comparisons drawn with another Old Trafford legend, Matt Busby.
Fergie is following in his footsteps by moving “upstairs” after his retirement from the Red Devils hot seat, but will Sir Alex like his fellow countryman Busby, continue to meddle in the club and his successors affairs, Just as Matt Busby did with Wilf McGuiness in the late 1960’s.
It was Busbys constant intrusion that spelled disaster for McGuinesses time at the club and set Manchester United on a path of decline and regression, which did not truly end until Alex Ferguson’s arrival in 1986.
Ferguson like Busby, has left his Manchester United team in great shape, they have just picked up yet another Premier League crown and he has assembled a team filled with world class stars who have the potential to challenge for more major honours in the future.
You may think that a squad of such talent would be easy especially when your as unquestionably talented as the incoming David Moyes, but many of these players would have undivided loyalty to Ferguson.
Senior players such as Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra may not be as willing to listen and work with the new manager and his backroom team.
To prevent this Moyes may start to bring in some Everton players, players that would be on his side, but this would create an us and them mentality similar to Brian Clough’s arrival to Leeds United in 1974, in which Don Revie’s team refused to respect Clough, and caused disharmony, ending in his premature departure from Elland Road.
Many people mistakenly think that the transition between Ferguson and Moyes will be seamless, but this may not be the case. This will be Moyes’ first time managing at this level, even though his ability is not in question, there will be teething problems.
This, combined with managerial changes at Chelsea and Manchester City means that this year is the perfect opportunity for clubs who have been knocking on the door for several years to break their way into the Premier League's elite. New-found stability at Liverpool along with a possible spending spree at the Emirates and the increasing potency at White Hart Lane mean that the 2013-2014 season could easily be one of the most open and exciting for many years.
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