Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Why we love Fergie and why the man commands respect...

Life without Fergie is something we United fans will soon have to get used to, he cannot go on forever. The United manager will in all probability retire at the end of next season - though he insists that won't happen - not unless his health deteriorates, but for now at least he will carry on.

One of the biggest mistakes Fergie made was announcing his retirement plans a few seasons ago and with the summer transfer window just around the corner, he will have to convince any would be new signings that he will be around for a while yet...

Interestingly, the manager has hinted he might have to rebuild his squad, which if true would be something of a turnaround given some of his recent comments to the press. However, Fergie is a very complex character, you never know when to take him seriously, take his latest comments about Mame Biram and Chris Smalling; The Senegalese striker hasn't done much to suggest he's a good long-term bet and of course Smalling ( until recently a none-league player) hasn't yet kicked a ball for United, and yet Ferguson says both have guaranteed futures at United...

The fact that Fergie will be around for a while longer was surely a factor in persuading United's veteran trio to sign new deals; Giggs and Scholes signed up for another season, Gary Neville was the last to do so earlier this week.

There have been times during this season when the fans' have wondered if signing those contract extensions was a good idea. It has come as no great surprise to learn that Scholes wanted to hang up his boots, given some of his performances, but of late, he's been back to his very best and so no one can really argue against signing his contract extension.

Hilariously and quite brilliantly, Fergie has been quoted as saying he told Scholes when he could retire...it is at moments like this that you realise Ferguson really is a one off. It's hard to imagine any other modern day manager talking to his players like this. It is partly why the supporters love Fergie - he commands respect from his players and fans alike.

Despite what Fergie says, Scholes, Giggs and Neville are top professionals and if they really didn't believe they had one more season left in the tank then they wouldn't be hanging around, of that we can be fairly certain.

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