Sir Alex Ferguson – is he all that? Personally, I’m counting the days until he retires. You have to respect his ability to move with the times and create a side that challenges for honours each year, but I’m just tired of him. I’m bored of the ‘mind games’, the excuses and the berating of officials. Fergie has become famous for his pre-match ‘mind games’, but as far as I can see, this is just mindless bullying of officials and other managers. It’s a disgrace how people can actively praise and embrace these primitive outbursts.
The onslaught of abuse doesn’t stop there though. On the touchline, he will constantly scream to any official that will even consider listening. Every mildly contentious decision causes a riot on the touchline, and if Fergie time isn’t at least 5 minutes when United are losing, all hell breaks loose. Even post-match, the officials aren’t safe, as Ferguson had the best view of everything that went on in the match and can’t understand why the officials aren’t as sharp-eyed as him.
Funnily though, the refs that make poor decisions in United’s favour were absolutely right, and when United win, everything’s fine. But Sir Alex uses the first excuse in the book when they drop points, the football equivalent of ‘my dog ate my homework’. He uses the officials as a shield, deflecting the attention away from his team’s shortcomings. Last week against Spurs was a perfect example, as United didn’t play well enough to win, and spurs ironically grabbed the equaliser deep into Fergie time. Yet it was entirely the linesman’s fault for not giving United a penalty. It’s as if Ferguson believes his team are entitled to penalties. What a joke.
Incidentally, pundits such as Gary Neville criticised keeper David De Gea for Spurs’ goal in that game, amongst reports that Ferguson is looking for a new number one. If Ferguson has any sense, he would deny these rumours and persist with the Spaniard. De Gea is obviously a confidence player and the constant rotation between him and Lindegaard is only making him settle slower to the physicality of the premier league. He is an excellent shot stopper and will get stronger and more confident with time, like Schmeichel did. He’s still only 22, which is incredibly young for a top keeper. Giving him playing time will lead to him being one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, and possibly an all time great.