It was a good weekend for Manchester United grabbing all three points from what always promised to be a tricky meeting with Tottenham. All the doomsayers, including many United fans, who believe that the team is slowly crumbling with too many squad members not good enough to don the red shirt, should remember that United have now gone 21 matches since their last defeat by Chelsea on April 3 – and that unbeaten record was virtually achieved without the services of the man widely regarded as their main weapon.

Ferguson's Old Trafford empire is as solid as ever

It was a good weekend for Manchester United grabbing all three points from what always promised to be a tricky meeting with Tottenham. All the doomsayers, including many United fans, who believe that the team is slowly crumbling with too many squad members not good enough to don the red shirt, should remember that United have now gone 21 matches since their last defeat by Chelsea on April 3 – and that unbeaten record was virtually achieved without the services of the man widely regarded as their main weapon.

It was a good weekend for Manchester United grabbing all three points from what always promised to be a tricky meeting with Tottenham. All the doomsayers, including many United fans, who believe that the team is slowly crumbling with too many squad members not good enough to don the red shirt, should remember that United have now gone 21  matches since their last defeat by Chelsea on April 3 – and that unbeaten record was virtually achieved without the services of the man widely regarded as their main weapon.

Is that a record that points to the imminent destruction of the Old Trafford empire as has often been predicted by so many media pundits and rival fans? Hardly! There can be little argument that too many points have been given away with late defensive lapses this season but as disappointing as they were, those points would have normally been safely in the bag leaving United on top of the table instead of  trailing Chelsea by five.

Results like those against Fulham, Everton and West Brom are bound to occur over the course of a long season, don’t be at all surprised if  United even gets the benefit of similar ones later on in the campaign. Yes, some of the performances by United have been scratchy to say the least yet despite those, an impressive undefeated record has been stitched together over a lengthy period.

While improvements in certain areas of the squad are undoubtedly required, never forget the fact that in Sir Alex Ferguson, United has the best man possible to overcome whatever shortcoming he sees. Rest assured that every other Premier League club will be looking at Old Trafford, sees a manager who has proved time and again that he knows exactly what’s needed to win honours and will never agree with those doomsayers predicting the end of the Ferguson legacy.

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  • We’re unbeaten but we’ve not played Chelsea, Arsenal or City even once yet. Would we really expect to lose any of the games we’ve had so far?

    We’ve dropped 10 points in ten games against non-top four opposition. Not very good. We won’t win the Premiership averaging two points per game.

    If the money is there to spend then I’m not concerned, long term. But then I don’t understand why we didn’t spend more this summer.

  • Since when has spending money had anything to do with achieving success? It’s all about building teams, yes money helps but it is not the panacea that some would have you believe. Remember, SAF is currently the most successful manager in any league, anywhere in the world. If he says there is no value in the market, then you have to take him at his word. He finds great players and i’m sure that I don’t need to list them here. Whilst he is still manager of MUFC, forget the “not very good” and look to next stage in the continuing success story that is Manchester United.

  • Great minds think alike Mick – hang on mate, I’m only kidding. I can’t help but wonder however how many fans out there REALLY think that they know better than Sir Alex even though they have never even managed a pub team?

  • Mick, if SAF told you that black was white would you believe him? Quite clearly there was loads of value in the market last summer (look at the transfer prices of Ozil and van der Vaart). The recession has depressed prices and we missed the best chance in years to buy players cheaply.

    No doubt Ferguson has his reasons for not buying. But they aren’t the reasons he is giving us.

  • There’s sometimes much more involved than a reasonable transfer fee Chrisw. I don’t know about van der Vaart although the asking price for him did plunge dramatically right at the death but as for Ozil, there was a report that he demanded wages of 100,000 a week AFTER TAX, which made it close to 200,000 gross. I think we both know that Ferguson is no fool. Regarding your opening question guess what? If Sir Alex told me that, I think that I would go pretty close to believing him! After all, it IS SAF that we’re talking about. -:)

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