Exclusive: Why Sir Alex Ferguson has nothing to do with United's fall, and fans don't care players' price tags as long as their teams succeed
August 29, 2014
1. Manchester United's fall is not Sir Alex's fault.
People often find it too hard to praise someone for their good work but way too easy to criticize them for even some wrongly-accused faults. I read something about why Sir Alex should take reponsibility for United's fall which for me is totally unfair to the best manager in history of football. People talk about his "flop signings" as the likes of Smalling, Jones, Berbatov, Chicharito Hernandez, Nani, Young... or not-good-enough homegrounds like Welbeck or Cleverley.... but will they be talking about those cases if United are still dominating the Premier League as they did under the Scot's guide?
People, in modern world, seem to have extremely short memory. Nobody remember how young Smalling and Jones still are for defenders, how many goals and assists Berbatov during his time in the red jersey, and how on this earth could you drive a bargain like Sir Alex did to bring in a super-sub like Chicharito Hernandez? Nani was once unstoppable on the wings, while Young might have been flopping but he did produce some moments of magic. People also put the expectations Sir Alex might never do on Welbeck and Cleverley mainly because of England's lack of young talents.
The more people talk about United stars flopping, the more I admire the Great Scot's ability in getting the best out of "avarage" players.
2. Players' price tags do not bother fans, performances and results do.
Angel Di Maria's deal to bring him from Real Madrid to Manchester United raised everybody's eyebrows as the most expensive deal ever for a British club. Is the Argentine winger really worth that money? For me, he has done enough to be regarded as one of the most valuable players in the world and could prove he's a worthy investment.
One year ago, Real Madrid smashed world transfer record to bring Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu. He struggled with fitness and injuries which ruled him out of actions for a while. But after his two goals proved privotal to Spanish giants' success in Copa del Rey and Champions League, nobody talks about his transfer fee. Football fans, indeed, don't care much about price tags but results and performances instead. As long as Di Maria settles in and shows off his real quality, he would be considered a bargain.