It’s a rarity to be posting twice on one day but thought it was worthy to round-up what Manchester United players that have played under Ferguson managed to squeeze into 140 characters what they made of the United manager stepping down and the impact the Scot had on their careers. There’s some great pictures in there as well.
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Twitter timeline, Facebook news feed, radio phone-ins, Sky Sports yellow ticker, front and back page of the Standard. For Manchester United supporters Wednesday May 8th 2013 will be remembered as the day one of the greatest football managers to have graced the game decided that it was time to call it a day.
It was apparently the one distinguishing item that Ferguson could tell the two apart, but now there is so much more that divides the swashbuckling fullbacks plucked from Fluminese after catching the eye of the United scouts almost ten years ago.
14 trophies in four years, he will forever be associated with a football club that played (and still plays) some of the most scintillating football in the modern era and his meticulous approach to match preparation means when his football sabbatical is over, there will be no shortage of suitors wanting to give him a job.
I’m sure even Patrice Evra would admit that he has endured one of his toughest seasons in a United shirt. Captaining a side who were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stages, outclassed in the Europa League by Athletic Bilbao and cruelly missing out on the Premier League title on the last day on goal difference. On a personal level there was the Luis Suarez affair, the sudden loss of his brother and the ongoing conflict within the French squad.
Assertions that Evra’s best years are now behind him seem hasty judging by these stats on the Frenchman’s performances over recent seasons, but having been the only viable left back option at the club for so long, the lack of competition has perhaps seen some complacency creep into certain aspects of his game.
For some Manchester United supporters (including myself), last week’s transfer activity at the club will only really set in when the team sheet is Sky Sports News ticker tape material ahead of the game against Everton.
Jaap Stam once called them ‘whingers and ‘busy cunts’ and while the former United defender made those comments about his one-time teammates in that infamous book over ten years ago, the Nevilles’ enthusiasm for the beautiful game show no signs of waning more than a decade later.
We will probably have to wait until the updated version of Paul Scholes’ autobiography gets serialized in a newspaper to uncover the moment Sir Alex decided to coax the midfielder out of retirement. Perhaps he spotted him drilling his long range passes around the Carrington training ground like it was 1997 all over again and with one look at that crippling list of injuries thought to himself, “Ah, that boy is a bit special. Even at 37.”
His explosive debut against Aston Villa is well rehearsed by football commentators ready to unleash at every opportunity they can sniff out his appearance from the bench. When ”Kiko’ followed up that crucial cameo with a poacher’s goal against Sunderland the following week, the young Italian forward had officially arrived.
That was two years ago, and the twenty year old from Rome has been missing in action after such a spectacular introduction to the football world. With injuries to Javier Hernandez, Michael Owen and a seemingly out of favour Dimitar Berbatov, has there ever been a better time for Federico Macheda to stake his claim in the United side?
With much of the talk of a 1984-85 season dominated about the growing violent behaviour on the terraces, on the pitch, Everton were drawing the plaudits as the FA Cup became the only trophy that stood in the way for Howard Kendall and his impressive team to secure a historic treble.