Sorry really is the hardest word



On Friday 4th November 2005 your editor called for Sir Alex Ferguson’s head. Frustrated by a crushing 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Premier League, followed by a limp performance against Lille in the Champions League, I came to the conclusion that Sir Alex’ time was up at Old Trafford.

I made this call not because for one moment I believed Ferguson has lost any of his skill. Nor that a change of manager would guarantee success. And certainly not because I had become spoilt by success and expected nothing less (I supported United through 26 barren years too). But because the great man’s legacy was genuinely under threat.

At the time I wrote that Ferguson was “seemingly bereft of ideas to turn things around.” Fans will recall too many mediocre players in the United squad that season; frankly, too few good purchases. Inconsistent tactics but players consistently  used out of position were also common. Worse still, the excuses for defeat seemed more blinkered than ever. No Sir Alex, the pitch at the Stade de France that night against Lille wasn’t to blame; four central defenders in the starting XI were.

But taking the long view, your editor was wrong and Sir Alex was right. He has turned things around. United will be crowed Premiership champions for the second year running in May. The Reds may even add a European Cup double to the trophy won so gloriously in Moscow last year. Moreover, your editor’s suggestion that a young Paul Le Guen take the helm has been proven laughably off-base.

For that Sir Alex, you have my humble and grovelling apology.

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  • Spike

    Good to see it back!
    Enjoyed most of the Rants here…

    How about a link to the unitedrant.eu site?

  • tel

    haha i remember this.. was it really 4 years ago?
    most of the old rant are still posting on http://www.unitedrant.eu
    glad to see your back. will there be a new forum?

  • Brian of nazareth,

    4 years ago? Christ time flies! Alot of people were calling for his head and they all look stupid now..eh Cal?

  • captainhormone

    i for one cant wait

  • Sparky

    Christ I can't believe this site is back. I knew never changing my homepage from UNitedRant for however long it was down would one day pay dividends!!!

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