Walter Smith

Why have Scottish managers been so successful?

Why has Scotland produced so many of the best football managers in the world? Based on exclusive interviews with the men themselves, their players or close friends and family, authors Michael Grant and Rob Robertson reveal the huge contribution that Scottish managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Jock Stein, Tommy Docherty, Jim McLean, Kenny Dalglish, George Graham, Walter Smith, Gordon Strachan, Alex McLeish and David Moyes, as well as a host of others, have made to the world game.

Frustrating for United, a tragic night for Valencia

A frustrating 96 minutes for Manchester United, a forgettable match for their fans, a tragic night for Antonio Valencia and a resolute, disciplined performance from Glasgow Rangers. There’s really very little else that can be said about this scoreless first round Champions League meeting at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to make wholesale changes to the side will come under plenty of scrutiny with the most blatantly obvious fact being that United struggle to unlock such tight defences without the inventiveness of Dimitar Berbatov and clinical distribution of veteran Paul Scholes. For all their near total dominance of possession, United could not create anything of substance with only a handful of long range attempts on target.

Champions League will not harm United title chase

The much awaited draw for the European Champions League has given Manchester United an eminently winnable group which should see them qualify for the knockout stages without harming their Premiership hopes. But it will by no means be an easy task – no European Cup group ever is. Two leg matches against Glasgow Rangers, Spains Valencia and Turkeys Champions League debutants Bursaspor should nevertheless see United getting out of Group C successfully.