Has Alex Ferguson Left Manchester United In The Right Shape?

Fergie worried about midfield

Manchester United will never be the same without Sir Alex, that is for certain. The club will be seeing a lot of changes form the next season onwards with a new manager at the helm and a new manager means a new support staff, new organisations and definitely a new philosophy. Such a massive change can also misbalance the current state of tranquility and put the club in danger of having to start from the bottom. But Sir Alex Ferguson is not leaving the club in some uncertain state and has addressed all the areas of the club that was needed to be addressed. We take a look at three such key areas that have been dealt with great expertise by Ferguson, validating the fact that the dominance of Manchester United is no fluke and would not go away with the departure of the manager.

Transfer policy

In the last season United purchased two highly capable players, Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa. While Van Persie has performed tremendously for the club, helping them to lift the Premier League trophy once again, Kagawa has been a bit under-exploited. But that does not indicate that the Japanese international is not a talented player and with Rooney set to leave the club this summer, Kagawa can play in his preferred central role and do all the good works that he once did for Borussia Dortmund. This season they have already captured one of the most talented youngsters around, Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace who played a big role in Palace getting a promotion. Zaha is a kind of winger whom United need the most at the moment and his acquisition would help the team to a lot extent.

Youth Policy

It is true that a club can sustain depending on the kinds of youth players they have in their ranks. United have already a host of youth talents in the name of  Phil Jones, Smalling, Cleverly and Wellback, who have already played a fair share of first team football under the watchful eye of Sir Alex. If they can be groomed well in the coming years, United would not have any problem for seasons to come.

And apart from these known youngsters, United have three promising starlets who could break into their first team next term. Mats Daehli, Nick Powell and Adnan Januzaj, who have all showed excellent progress with the reserve team this season and can get some gametime next season.

And it is also widely believed that one of the primary reasons David Moyes was chosen as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson was that he would continue the long standing tradition of promoting talented youth players from the academy.


The new manager

David Moyes is a kind of manager who could have provided the club with the necessary stability, both on and off field. This is supposed to be a long term partnership and United would certainly overcome their financial burden under him with ease.  He can also guide the team to domestic and international glory and given his track record with Everton, Moyes would definitely lead the team in a commendable manner.

In other news, Manchester United has been knocked off by newly crowned European Champions Bayern Munich at the top of league table of the world’s most valuable football brands. A position that United made their’s despite Barcelona’s dominance in La Liga and the emergence of several other footballing brands, but this year Bayern have just tipped off them as their net worth saw an increase of over $74m. The Germans’ total worth is estimated to be around $860m, whereas United’s brand value have declined from $853m top $837m, pushing it into second place.

Is this solely because Ferguson left Man United or is it because of the dominance shown by the Germans this year? Well United fans won’t be bothered about it as long as they hold their position at the top of the Premier league table. And also, SAF has only left the dugout, expect the man to be around Old Trafford week in, week out as he is also set to become a part of their board. So it is most likely that the Scot will have a grip over things at United in the coming years as well.

Written by Dinesh V

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