With the latest edition of his autobiography hitting the shelves, Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to The Telegraph and probably left Manchester United fans feeling rather wistful.
It’s no secret why Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United. He said at the time and in numerous editions of his autobiography, that he did it for his wife. The death of his wife Cathy’s twin sister, Bridget Robertson forced him to make the decision. Speaking to the Telegraph, Ferguson had this to say.
“I saw she [Lady Cathy Ferguson] was watching television one night, and she looked up at the ceiling. I knew she was isolated,”
Fergie knew his time was up, and told his wife he’d be retiring, he got no objections. He famously did the same in 2002 and was convinced by Cathy to stay on. The rest, well that’s history. And that’s all well and good, but in the publicising of his new book, Ferguson has only gone and left many a Manchester United fan ruing the last two years post-Ferguson.
“I definitely would have carried on,”
That’s what he told The Telegraph. But why tell us all the Fergie, what good does it do? Since Alex Ferguson left Manchester United they’ve endured turmoil under David Moyes, bloated spending under Louis van Gaal and not a great deal to show for it. Louis now has a worse record than Moyes, meanwhile Ferguson tells us all he wanted to stay.
Instead, Manchester United are left with a definite sense of ‘what if’. Would they have seen the stagnation of Robin Van Persie? All those big names that Manchester United were linked with that Moyes failed to sign, Kroos, Thiago and more. Would they be Manchester United players now? A season of European exile would likely have been avoided.
Manchester United need to move on. We know you have a book to publicise Sir Alex, and you’re without doubt the best that ever did it. But please, for the sake of the fans who adore you, don’t tease them anymore.