Life after Sir Alex at Old Trafford

The 2012/2013 Premier League season was great for many reasons, but will be forever remembered for a particularly sad and historic one; the retirement of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Love him or hate him, it is hard to deny that he is a great of world football and certainly a contender to be considered the best manager of all time. During his 26 years as Manchester United, the figure or Sir Alex became synonymous  with success, as he amassed 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League and overhauling Liverpool’s record 18 league titles. So what now? After an era of unparalleled success, how does Manchester United proceed now?

Well, Manchester United wasted no time in appointing the ever reliable if not particularly exciting David Moyes, and, despite his 8th of May announcement, Sir Alex hasn’t entirely retired, just moved upstairs, where he will undoubtedly continue to have a large say over transfer policy and all things Manchester United.  Many have taken great pleasure in predicting United’s imminent downfall in the wake of Ferguson’s retirement and the number of these predictions has only increased since the announcement of the 2013/2014 Premier League season fixture list. With new manager Moyes facing a tough start to his life in Manchester; having to play Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in his first five games, rival fans have delighted in hypothesising disastrous results, an early sacking for Moyes and an era of uncertainty and decline for Manchester United. United fans have of course responded in kind, anticipating that Moyes will hit the ground running and with some even claiming he will be a ‘legend’ if successful in his first five games.

The reality of course will be neither of these scenarios. Although Manchester United’s first five fixtures do represent a challenge, one would still expect them to achieve a competitive points tally. Even if the worst happens and Moyes’ first five games are an unmitigated disaster, United’s board know that titles are not won and lost in just five matches and after having their last manager for 26 years, are not a trigger happy bunch. With a young and competitive squad, regardless of the change occurring, it is still hard to imagine Manchester United not qualifying for the Champions League and challenging for the Premier League title. Featuring such legends as Sir Bobby Charlton and of course Sir Alex Ferguson, United fans will hope that if Moyes does suffer a poor start, their board remembers that the last time they appointed a manager he also made a slow start, finishing 11th during his first season in charge, but in the end, Sir Alex didn’t do too bad did he?

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