Why Manchester United Could Still Struggle though José Mourinho’s Gone.
Manchester United are one of the most successful clubs in Europe in terms of trophies won and Sir Alex Ferguson is arguably the best manager to ever coach Manchester united and is definitely one of the best managers of all times.
However very few are aware that after taking over at relegation threatened Manchester United in 1986, Sir Ferguson was believed to be facing the sack himself and the replayed FA Cup victory in 1990 saved Ferguson’s job at Manchester United.
The rest is history as he went on to win the much-converted premier league Title for a record 13 times!
Sir Alex Ferguson had excelled in his native Scotland coaching Aberdeen prior to managing Manchester United where he not only enjoyed national success but won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1982–83 and the European Super Cup 1983.
During Sir Fergusson’s tenure as manager of Manchester United, they were by far the Richest club in England and played arguably the best football. That is no longer the case today!
During the 90’s when I arrived Europe as a young ambitious professional soccer player, we all knew that the most prestigious league to play in and had the best players in the world was, the Italian Serie A League.
The league was tougher, it paid best and the best players had to play there to be considered as part of the best in the world. E.g Diego Maradona,Marco Van Basten,Ruud Gullit,Enzo scifo,Lothar Matheus ,Jurgen Klinsmann of Germany etc
Players who were surplus to requirement in the Serie A Italian league and wanted to continue earning relatively well mostly went to England where the pound sterling was strong and the demands were relatively lighter.
Manchester United had the first pick in recruiting best players growing in the league and in the U.K in general and could attract top European talents by its huge financial wealth advantage and near guarantee of European football every year.
Sir Ferguson was not only a legendary coach but a very smart one! He left as the tide changed.
With the arrival of Russian Multi Billionaire Roman Abrahamovic, as owner of Chelsea and eventually others, Manchester United immediately did not only stop being the richest and most attractive club to play for in England, but it no longer had the first pick of players in or coming into England.
All of a sudden Manchester United’s habit of winning the league every year was disturbed.
Most of the clubs in England prior to 2004 had English coaches who practically revered Manchester United and Sir Ferguson to the point of arguably having a losing complex towards the club and its manager.
Furthermore, Sir Fergusson proved to be a much better coach than his peers at the time too!
After Sir Fergusson’s exit from Man. United in 2013, the club has had 4 managers in: David Moyes, Ryan Giggs, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho. These coaches in 5 years are reported to have spent over 1 billion Euros in player acquisitions and have failed to win one Premier League title!
The premier league now boasts of some of the utmost best managers in the world: Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, Unai Emery and Jurgen Klopp just to name a few and their respective teams are playing at a very high level filled with their fingerprints and they are Hungry for trophies Managers!
More premier league clubs are flowing with huge monetary investments today unlike before and therefore Man. United are no longer the richest by a mile. The competition for the richest is huge!
Football is now scientific and to compete managers have to provide their players with the right tools to be champions, you can no longer just parade the best players to win, you need to have the best “team” play and philosophy to be top! Team play comes from quality coaching. The above-mentioned coaches all have this capacity in abundance!
To play at the level like the 1st 5 teams on the English premier league table today, Manchester United in my Opinion rightfully need changes and it is not going to be cheap. In fact it risks being extremely expensive.
The current players at Man. United were assembled by the last 4 aforementioned managers of Manchester United. The next incoming coach most probably will not have the same philosophies like his predecessors. Offloading of the current surplus to requirement players would not be cheap, easy to carry out and time consuming.
Most of the best coaches in the world today currently are under contract except for a relative few.
Many of my family members, in-laws, nephews etc are fanatical fans, we really do wish them well in their search for renewed greatness, but the task at hand is a difficult one and patience will be needed.
The Premier league, in my opinion, has never been so fascinating!!