Fergie’s gift to the next United manager

If you turn on Sky Sports News between 7pm and 10pm you will see that they have thawed out Jim White from his cryogenic hibernation. This can only mean that silly season (otherwise know as the transfer window) is almost upon us. Whilst Jim uses his incredible talent of turning even the most insane of transfer rumour into a momentous news story, clubs are beavering away behind the scenes to improve their squads for next season. From a United point of view, this means that in the space of three months we will be linked with almost every footballer to lace on boots last season. Occasionally one of these rumours becomes reality (and I stress the occasionally), but more than likely Fergie springs a fast one on us all.

The summer of 2010 saw Fergie splash cash out on Chris Smalling, who was barely out of non league football, and Javier Hernandez, who at that point only Mexicans had heard of. Both players were young, but we needed established talent didn’t we? Where are the Mesut Ozil’s or the Wesley Sneijder’s? Where were the Karim Benzema’s or the Joe Cole’s? Fergie’s lost it! You don’t win anything with kids (I thank you Alan Hansen!)! If you know a group of United fans, I’m 100% positive you heard at least one of these shouts. But that wasn’t all, Fergie then shocked the footballing world by paying £7m for the littlest hobo a.k.a Bebe. Outrageous! Laughing Stock! Stitched up!

Whilst the jury is still obviously out on Bebe, Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez both played key parts in securing us our 19th title. Now I’m not for one minute trying to say that Fergie gets it right in the transfer market all the time. We ‘ve had our fair share of transfer flops over the years to prove that point. The point I am trying to make is that Fergie is building. Over the past X amount of years, Fergie has gradually snubbed the more established, name player for young, promising stars. Sir Alex is not just thinking of the now, he is thinking of two, maybe four, maybe even six years down the line. He is thinking past his own reign as the greatest manager alive and is thinking of securing the clubs future for his successor.

The emergence of Chelsea and Manchester City as clubs who can afford to fork out £100m a season to strengthen their teams, Sir Alex realised that Manchester United couldn’t keep up with that spending. So the only other way to keep us on top is to buy these players BEFORE they are established stars, potentially costing the club a small fortune in transfer fee’s and wages. Over the past few seasons we have brought in the Da Silva’s, Anderson, Nani, Smalling, Hernandez, Obertan and Bebe to name a few. We have also promoted Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson from our youth ranks, with Danny Welbeck, Kiko Machida and Tom Cleverley seemingly ready to break through next season. Add on this that Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia are still only 25 years of age.

If we add to this the likely signings of David De Gea, arguably the worlds most talented goalkeeper of his age; Phil Jones, a highly regarded centre back who has been lauded as a future England Captain and turned down both Arsenal and Liverpool to come to OT; and Ashley Young who is already an established England International, you have the makings of a squad for the next 5-10 years. Not just a team, but a SQUAD. When was the last time Chelsea brought one youngster through into the first team? They started it with the McEachran kid this season who made a handful of subs appearances, but before that you are looking at John Terry as the last one to come through the ranks!

Whoever takes over the hot seat from Ferguson in the next two, three, four years will be stepping into one of the most impossible jobs in all of sport. Not only will they have to deal with the pressure of managing one of the biggest clubs in the world, but they have the enormous task of following the greatest manager of all time. No small task. Ferguson realises this and his leaving present to man taking over his job is to set him up with a squad with the potential to continue our tradition of success for the next decade.

So my message to all United fans who are flying into a blind panic when we don’t sign a Sanchez or a Modric, calm down, Sir Alex has a plan and from where I’m sitting, the future is very, very bright.

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Steve Ferguson had taken over & re-branded The Faithful MUFC website back in the summer of 2014 and is now the owner and editor of the site. Steve, from Ashton-Under-Lyne in Greater Manchester, is a 35-year-old life long Manchester United fan, travelling over the globe to see the Reds play. Steve has been lucky enough to be at both the 1999 and 2008 Champions League finals, seeing Manchester United lift the biggest trophy in the World, none more exciting than that faithful night in Barcelona in 99. The website is a blog, but also hopes to deliver the latest Manchester United news from around the internet too, linked up with our growing twitter account which is @TheFaithfulMUFC, give it a follow as we will follow you back as soon as we can.


  1. Thanks for pointing out my failings with regards to grasping the English Language John. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind for future posts.

  2. Great read and fact as ever from this fantastic ‘United’ forum.The article of a few weeks ago discussing Manchester United’s youths and the comparison with other Premiership clubs like the sea change taking place at Liverpool, to rethink the financial investment in the fooball academy at Melwood.It makes total sense in the madness that has blown the sensible transfer fee structure out of the window since the Ronaldo fee was negotiated.Overnight there was a new ball park figure for alledged top players as witnessed at the Santiago Bernabeu for the signing of many a fans dream team player.What exactly has he achieved their?Zero in my opinion yet ranked in the top three of the worlds most costly players.
    Sir Alex Ferguson took 7 years , with much grief and pain in between, to win his first English Premiership title with Manchester United and a mere 12 years to deliver the clubs second European cup.Rome, Moscow, Barcelona, London twice, are not built in a day,I dont care who the gaffer is.
    In Sir Alex Ferguson I trust, if he says the current youth team are the best since the team of Beckham, Butt, Scholes,G.Neville, P,Neville and the effervescent Ryan Giggs, who are we to question the best most decorated of ever British Premiership managers.
    Its a jig saw, United need only one or two fine adjustments,which will happen this summer to be able again to challenge on all fronts next season, with a huge amount of luck be able to take the club to its 2Oth Barclays premiership title and 4th Champions league final in 5 years.
    Yes lose faith in what the manager plans, lose what it means to be United.

  3. The top player at Madrid i was refereing to is KaKa, bye the way before anyone snaps at me thinking I refered to Ronaldo. lol

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