Classic transfer: Man United make the most important signing in their history

first_img1 Sir Alex Ferguson joined Man United 28 years ago Manchester United haven’t endured such a bad start to a league campaign since 1986, and 28 years ago that dismal period not only saw the final days of Ron Atkinson’s managerial reign, but prompted perhaps the most important ‘signing’ in club’s history.Alex Ferguson arrived from Aberdeen and, despite his growing reputation courtesy of great success north of the border, there was no instant success, although he did steer the club away from the lower reaches of the First Division.Although Ferguson set about restructuring the scouting and youth systems, a long-awaited league title failed to materialise and vociferous sections called for his head as the decade drew to a close – despite Fergie subsequently insisting he was never close to losing his job.What happened from 1992/93 onwards was a masterclass in domestic domination, as United rose to the pinnacle of English football and largely remained there until the end of Ferguson’s glittering reign.Fergie’s incredible return of 38 trophies before his retirement in 2013 was testament not only to his ability to evolve as a manager, but also vindicated United’s decision to stick with him when times looked bleak in 1989.There has been less to cheer about at Old Trafford since the great Scot hung up his hairdryer, but with the current managerial incumbent Louis van Gaal the club possess a proven manager with a clear philosophy. If Ferguson’s reign is to mean anything, it’s that patience needs to be shown if United are to stand any chance of rising again.last_img read more

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