Man Utd sleepwalking becomes a nightmare in life after Sir Alex Ferguson

NOBODY saw it come when Sir Alex Ferguson played 1,500 games and called it a day.

He just won his 13th Premier League title and while, Wayne Rooney this week has shown that he has left an aging team behind him, Manchester United Still the team of the ages.

Sir Alex Ferguson lifted his last national championship in 2013


Sir Alex Ferguson lifted his last national championship in 2013Credit: PA: Press Association

In Fergie’s time, they did as he promised when he started and beat Liverpool Their “Off **** ing perch” to surpass their record as top flight title winner.

There were two Champions League titles, countless domestic cup titles.

Old Trafford has become a Milky Way galaxy of stars like Eric Cantona, David BeckhamPaul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and many more.

To be sure, normal service could be temporarily disrupted while David Moyes settles in as the successor to the most successful manager in English club history.

But he was the Chosen One by Sir Bobby Charlton, who also took down Ferguson from Aberdeen in 1987, and was given a nod by the great man himself.

However, United still have 20 trophies.

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They won’t add to that number this season.

Next year will mark a decade since Sir Alex retired and only crazy amounts of money suggest that they will mark that anniversary with their 21st win at the tournament.

In fact, when things stand, with City of Manchester only getting better, similarly Liverpool and for sure ChelseaWhile Steve Gerrard could develop something special at Aston Villa, it is anyone’s guess when United will be crowned champions of England again.

When things settle down, they won’t even be in the Champions League next season.
If they beat Atletico Madrid to reach the last eight, it will be a big surprise.

They were knocked out of the FA Cup after a home loss to Championship side Middlesbrough, while the Carabao Cup came more than four months ago with a 0-1 defeat to Moyes’ West Ham.

Southampton, having just won against Tottenham, will love the opportunity to do the same this weekend in what has become the Theater of Screams.

United is a mess outside the park.

Manchester United have been unlikely to drive this season


Manchester United have been unlikely to drive this seasonCredit: Reuters
Ralf Rangnick has struggled to dramatically improve his side


Ralf Rangnick has struggled to dramatically improve his sideCredit: Getty

Questions continue to be raised not only about captain Harry Maguire’s leadership but even his place in the team.

Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be trying to make this his personal fief since his return.

Bruno Fernandes, the key, inspirational figure before CR7’s re-emergence, is currently dividing supporters with displays of what may have been exceptional but has become increasingly erratic.

A cloud fell over the club thanks to the arrest of Mason Greenwood.

When Marcus Rashford scores, these days it’s a shock and not a regular occurrence.

Ralf Rangnick was brought in as a temporary manager instead Ole Gunnar Solskjaer like the German football technician.

He started with the 60-year-old’s tactical idea of ​​playing 4-2-2-2.

Inferred from his new brain wave that if United scored more goals and conceded fewer than their opponents they would win the games.

Sir Alex Ferguson chats with Mauricio Pochettino in 2013


Sir Alex Ferguson chats with Mauricio Pochettino in 2013Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Cristiano Ronaldo's return hasn't turned out as he had hoped


Cristiano Ronaldo’s return hasn’t turned out as he had hopedCredit: Getty

This is the man who, when his temporary role ends this summer, will begin a two-year contract as a consultant to the club.


And now as new head Richard Arnold has come to the conclusion that Rangnick doesn’t have Vorst sprung Technik to make it on the line, SunSport reveals that players want Mauricio Pochettino be the boss next season.

This column indicated a while back that Poch was eager to leave PSG for United and the club had known this for longer but had given him a suspension.

Now, how things are going, he may decide work is no longer a dream for him.

There has never been more disunity for United and a clean-up and reconstruction is urgently needed.

So make it possible, at least 5 years before title 21 comes out, if even then.

And where have we seen scenarios like the one at Old Trafford play out?

At the club knocked down its perch.

As for when Sir Kenny Dalglish, then King Kenny, rocked football by stepping down as Anfield manager in February 1991, no one saw what was to come.

Kenny Dalglish resigned as Liverpool manager in 1991


Kenny Dalglish resigned as Liverpool manager in 1991Credit: Getty – Contributor
Reds in trouble as the 1990s continued


Reds in trouble as the 1990s continuedCredit: Empics

Liverpool are the defending champions, having won three titles under him, and while the club were shocked by his resignation, were in a better place than Manchester United when Fergie took over as manager.

However, as United are doing now, they have sunk into a nightmare.

Graeme Souness, Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Dalglish for the second time and Brendan Rodgers come and go as managers.

By 2010 when FSG bought the club from underdog American compatriots Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the club was shut down.
Finally, Jurgen Klopp has added the number 19 title.

Yet it has been thirty years of suffering.

Thirty years of mismanagement, bad acquisitions, the Spice Boys, the infamous white suits in the 1996 FA Cup final loss to United and Kop’s never-ending anguish and pain to achieve that there.

The wait never seems to end.

United are almost a third of the way through that time and if Poch takes the job, he will be sixth, including Rangnick, since Fergie checked his watch for the last time.

Unless someone wakes up, a similar nightmare may now be playing out.

The dream certainly did not come true at Old Trafford.

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Man United players want Mauricio Pochettino


Man United players want Mauricio PochettinoCredit: AFP Man Utd sleepwalking becomes a nightmare in life after Sir Alex Ferguson


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