The Damned United by Daniel Dilworth Apr28

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The Damned United by Daniel Dilworth

So, David Moyes has been sacked by the Glazers – a disappointing season, which sees Manchester United incapable of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in about twenty years. Radio interviews with United fans have been aired, expressing hope for a “proven” manager, and that United “deserve the best.”

It is important for us to remember Alex Ferguson’s early years at the club. His first match was a loss to Oxford United. It took him years to secure any piece of silverware. Yet there was a level of tolerance, which was rewarded with Ferguson’s first league triumph in 1993, having capitalised on Norwich’s late-season collapse to pinch the title from them. Whilst it’s true that there wasn’t the same level of expectation placed on Ferguson, it should be remembered here that the Scotsman had a pretty successful stay in Aberdeen, evening winning the European Cup Winner’s Cup in dramatic fashion against Real Madrid.
Ferguson’s twenty-seven years was never going to be easy to follow, but Moyes should’ve been given more time. It is all too eerily reminiscent of Brian Clough’s brief tenure in charge of Leeds United.