The statistics this morning read; Manchester United joint top but still second in the table due to an inferior goal difference compared to that of Manchester City. Our neighbours lost thanks to a goal by an ex-Red Devil, the most recent one to move to the blue half of Liverpool, Darron Gibson. Ironically, his departure might have brought about some cheers among United fans all over the world and what is more ironic, is that perhaps his goal in the blue of Everton must have been cheered loudest by United fans; louder than any that he has scored while wearing the red of Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson has spent 25 years as the manager of Manchester United and he has won the Premier League 12 times, FA Cup 5 times, League Cup 4 times, the Champions League twice, 10 Community/Charity Shields and one each of the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup. In his time, he has build and rebuilt at least 4 teams that have contributed in a large part to the trophies he has won and the legacy he has built at Old Trafford. The biggest and the highlight of all his achievements would undoubtedly be the Treble of 1999. Hours away from our big FA Cup tie against our neighbours and current Premier League leaders, Manchester City, let’s look back to understand how special the Treble triumph was. What better way to do that then by assessing the trophies that we missed out on, on a couple of occasions as one of Sir Alex’s great teams went close to winning the Treble before and after 1999.
As former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson fights his battle to overcome throat cancer, it becomes relevant to have a look at his 2007, 302 page paperback autobiography ‘Robbo’ in which he reveals a fascinating insight into his days with England and United. He straddles several unique eras in football, from the seventies through to Ron Atkinson in the 80’s then on to the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, the coming of Eric Cantona and the advent of the Premier League as we know it today. Robson was nicknamed ‘Captain Marvel’ by his late, former England manager Sir Bobby Robson which aptly described a colourful, aggressive and vibrant legend.