An early exit after 27 years: Sir Alex steps down in his own style
By Anthony Lopopolo
The numbers pop out of his resume like eyes out of a cartoon character: he won 27 major trophies with United over the same number of years; he outlasted 116 managers on seven major European clubs; and he's won 75% of his home games at Old Trafford.
Following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to end his 26 year spell at the helm in Manchester, Juventus Football Club recalls the words of admiration spoken by the great man about the Bianconeri.
"Juventus were an example for my Manchester United. I had my players watch videos of Lippi's team and would say, ‘Don't look at the tactics or technique, we have that too, you need to learn to have that desire to win.
Rumors are circling that David Moyes is to spend a season at Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson's understudy, which has resulted in bookmakers slashing the odds on Moyes replacing the Manchester United manager.
Moyes's contract expires this summer, and there's been little sign of a contract renewal.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he sympathizes with rivals Liverpool after Luis Suarez's recently imposed 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. When asked about Uruguayan's sanction from the FA, the Red Devils chief reflected on the governing body's decision to hand former United striker and captain, Eric Cantona, a nine-month ban for attacking a fan in January 1995.
Manchester United clinched their record 20th Barclays Premier League crown on Monday evening courtesy of a thrilling first half hat-trick by none other than Robin van Persie. After another excellent performance from the Dutchman, it would be almost unfair to compliment the play of Ryan Giggs who controlled the midfield and service into the box that was spot-on against Aston Villa.
Manchester United veteran defender Rio Ferdinand has resisted offers from the US and China to sign a new one-year contract at Old Trafford.
The Guardiannewspaper reports that Ferdinand received serious offers from the US and China, but decided to stay with United because of his young family as well as extending his career with the Red Devils beyond the eleven years he's been there.
Robin van Persie hit a first-half hat-trick as Manchester United strolled to an unprecedented 20th English league title with a 3-0 victory at home to Aston Villa tonight.
Manchester City's 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday had handed the Red Devils a chance to regain the crown, and Alex Ferguson's men needed no second invitation, swamping Villa to claim the championship with four games to spare.
Manchester United are the winners of the 2012-13 Premier League after convincingly defeating Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford. The latest Premier League triumph is the twentieth English top flight title that the Red Devils have won.
Sitting on 84 points, Manchester United won the title with four matches remaining in the reason.
It was July 28, 2010, the setting, Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas. The final fixture in the annual Manchester United North American pre-season tour, which saw the Red Devils take on M-L-S All-Star team. This was a match where he made his debut. Coming on as a second-half substitute to the cheers and support from [.
United are a top priced 1.25 with bet365 and Betfred to beat Aston Villa at Old Trafford, and everything suggests they are bankers to do just that. The stats reveal that Villa have won just one of their last 34 Premier League games against The Red Devils (L24,D9), and they have also scored just 10 [.
For the first time since Forbes began tracking the value of football clubs in 2004, Manchester United are not the world's most valuable team. Coincidentally, that title has gone to the club that controversially knocked them out of the Champions League this season — Real Madrid. And though there are a slew of economic factors that contribute to Real Madrid's rise, Jose Mourinho will surely consider the fact that this development occurred during his time with the club as yet another great achievement for the man he calls The Special/Only One (himself).
Manchester United travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on struggling Stoke and look cracking value at 1.62 with Betfred to get back to winning ways. The Red Devils have tasted defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup and in the league last weekend against arch rivals City in their last two matches, but the [.
Over the years football fans have found many things to jibe Manchester United about supposed 'glory hunter' fans and 'Fergie time' for starters. But sitting atop the list is the mocking of Old Trafford's meek atmosphere despite their enormous 76,000-seater capacity. With sections of the crowd claiming they are screaming their hearts out at [.
With eight games remaining in the Premier League season, Manchester United sit 15 points clear of cross-town rivals City at the top of English football, with it only a matter of time before the Red Devils are crowned champions. The Manchester derby on Monday night is irrelevant; United will win the league regardless of the score in one game.
It sounds like an April Fools' joke that has arrived a few days late, yet it appears that Manchester Utd have drafted in an "acoustic engineer" to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are frequently mocked for the lack of aural passion shown at the Theatre of Dreams: the clichés suggest the majority of the fans don't live in Manchester, while the stadium is usually filled with prawn sandwich-munching corporate guests and quiet tourists making pilgrimages to see the team they have arbitrarily chosen to follow.
Manchester United and Liverpool could go head-to-head in a race to sign Thiago Alcantara, according to reports in Spain. AS claims the Barcelona midfielder is on the radar of both Premier League clubs, with his future in Catalonia far from certain after falling down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.
Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is set to make his one thousandth senior appearance in an illustrious career when his side face Real Madrid at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed to reporters that Giggs would play a part in the highly anticipated match, though the Scot refused to say whether the 39-year-old Welshman would start or not.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says that Real Madrid's clash with Manchester United is the game the world is waiting for after making a personal check on his Champions League rivals today.
Mourinho, whose side warmed up for the United tie by beating Sevilla 4-1 on Saturday, flew into Manchester to see the Red Devils extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 12 points with a 2-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford.
Manchester City find themselves 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester United ahead of their Super Sunday showdown with Liverpool. The Red Devils moved seven clear at the top of the Premier League courtesy of their 2-1 success against Southampton in midweek, 24 hours after the champions were held to a 0-0 draw at QPR.
Frank Lampard of Chelsea (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Less than a week remains in January, and Manchester United have already made quite the ripple in the transfer window with their recent signing of Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha. The 20-year-old agreed to terms on a five-and-a-half year contract which begins this summer as he first hopes to secure promotion for Palace.
It's becomea trademark of Clint Dempsey's career in England that he becomes part of his club's legend. He added another chapter today for Tottenham, scoring in the 93rd minute to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at White Hart Lane.
Combined with the win earlier this year against first-place United - Dempsey potted the game-winnerinthat one, his first goal ever against them- this marks the first time in the history of the Premier League that Spurs took points from both fixtures against the Red Devils in one season.
Manchester United chief executive David Gill is set to head the club's efforts to sign his near-namesake. The Red Devils are reportedly interested in signing 18-year-old Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David Gil. United scout Martin Ferguson, Sir Alex Ferguson's brother, has been keeping a close eye on the Spain under 20 international and the club don't [.
What a buy Robin Van Persie has been for Manchester United. Seemingly well over the injury problems which peppered his Arsenal career, the Dutchman is having a huge effect on the Red Devils' title tilt with both his goals and assists.
In Saturday's late game in the FA Cup, the Dutchman, in cameo role at the Boleyn Ground, produced a last-gasp equaliser which saw him control Ryan Giggs' long-pass with the most beautiful of touches before firing home with his right peg.
For all the success Manchester United has had in the past decade, one sore spot for the English club has been the team's inability to win an FA Cup.
The Red Devils have gone nine years since last lifting the FA Cup, a streak they will look to move toward snapping when they face West Ham United today in a match airing on national television (Noon, FOX).
El primer gol del Manchester United en el año 2013 fue del mexicano Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, quien tuvo una gran actuación este martes 1 de Enero. Anoto el uno a cero, dio pase a Van Persie para el segundo y anoto el tercero en una excelente reacción dentro del area.
Cabe destacar que el delantero mexicano anoto los goles 100 y 101 de su carrera como futbolista contando clubes y selección mexicana.
Wigan Athletic 0-4 Manchester United Premier League 1st January 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to start with both Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez in a more tradition 4-4-2 formation was rewarded by a brace each from the two centre-forwards as the Red Devils steamrolled Wigan at the DW Stadium.
It's top versus bottom as United taken on QPR at Loftus Road, and they look banker material at 1.53 with bet365 to come away with all the points. QPR have taken just two points from 11 Premier League encounters with the Red Devils, and their last win at home against Sir Alex's men was way [...]
United are 1.75 with bet365 to continue their excellent run of form by beating Everton at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are unbeaten in 13 matches and currently sit 9 points clear at the top of the table. They have also scored more goals than any other team in the division this season and have [...]
United are a top priced 1.3 with Betfred and Coral to beat Fulham in their FA Cup fourth round tie at Old Trafford, and everything suggests they are worthy odds-on shots to do just that. The two clubs have met nine times before in the FA Cup, with the Red Devils progressing through the last [...]
It's Sunday so there is going to be some talk about transfers in the Sunday papers, and sure enough The Daily Express is reporting that both Arsenal and Manchester Untried could come after Newcastle's top central midfielder Yohan Cabaye this summer. Yohan Cabaye - will be in demand this summer In the final weeks of [.