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Sir Alex Ferguson: 20 Years of Service for United

Today marks the 20 year anniversary of Alex Ferguson becoming manager of Manchester United. It’s hard to imagine now, but when Fergie joined the club on November 6, 1986, Man United was 19th out of 22 teams in the old first division. By the end of that season, the club finished in 11th position.In perhaps his toughest challenge yet, Ferguson has guided his Man United squad to the top spot in the Premiership. The side has seemed unstoppable at times but instead of worrying about what Chelsea is doing, the Red Devils have concentrated on playing an attacking style of play that has been ripping up formidable competition such as Bolton, Portsmouth, Liverpool and others.It’s hard to imagine a Man United without Alex Ferguson in charge. When Sir Ferguson does decide to retire, the new manager will be stepping into the biggest managerial boots in world football.While the Premiership season is far from over, Fergie has got to be licking his chops at the prospect of going far in this year’s Champions League. Despite the hiccup against Copenhagen, United look destined to qualify in first place in their group. As long as his side isn’t crippled by injuries, this could be one of the most interesting United seasons in quite a while.Last week, I wrote on the EPL Talk Blog about how I was visiting England to watch several Premiership matches and was trying to get tickets to the Chelsea match at Old Trafford. Well, I can now reveal that Manchester United, the club, has come through for me and will be providing tickets. This is a great example of how classy and professional Man United is. I’m not a United supporter, but I greatly appreciate their generosity, which you’ll be able to benefit from as I’m be blogging and taking pictures at Old Trafford to share with you.For a behind-the-scenes peek at what EPL Talk is planning for its tour of Premiership grounds in England, read an advance copy of the press release.Mark the United against Chelsea match in your calendar: November 26. For Americans, it’ll be a perfect close to a long Thanksgiving weekend.

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  1. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 1:32 am

    “Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce, please grow up,” write Mark Rivlin in Sportingo ( “In a democratic society, the media should be allowed to have a go at footballers and managers. So why are these overpaid prima donnas throwing their toys out of the cot?”

  2. ricadoe

    November 6, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Please post lots and lots of manchester united picture. any pictures will do. thanx

  3. Anonymous

    November 6, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    He’s a great manager – this gaffer, but he’s a great LOCAL manager.

    He did little for the Red Devils in International/European competitions, and none can dispute that.


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