Well, well, well… the day Manchester City tell the world they plan to launch full in stadium WIFI, Alex Ferguson kills the launch party by selfishly announcing his retirement from football. A monumental moment in football. One of the biggest in Premier League history.
Think what you like about the man, he’s the greatest manager this country has ever seen, and one of the greatest the world has ever had the displeasure of. Always evolving, always improving, never forgetting the end goal… to win.
Thank f*ck he’s gone.
The front runner for the role is David Moyes. Now, I rate the man, I’m just not sure he’s the guy to take United to the next level and beyond. However you look at it, there’s a rebuilding project going on there. Does Moyes have the same pulling power a Mourinho or a Klopp would have? We’ll have to wait and see. I mean, even a Laudrup has more of a reputation.
For me, Moyes feels like premier manager filler. The guy who takes the brunt in the first season to make way for the main man.
I might be totally wrong though. So might everyone. He’s just not very fashionable. What he is good at is spotting talent, nurturing it and building competitive teams off the back of nothing. Can he make the jump? Will he get time?
This is good for Arsenal and everyone else though… no doubt about it.
Check out this video of Fergie and Wenger… when they were rivals. Quite sweet… reminiscing about when we were competitive.
On something a little more relevant to us. Chelsea and Spurs drew last night in a game I thought should really have tilted Spurs way. It was end to end stuff, both sides clearly desperate for the win. In the end Adebayor and his one solid game of the year couldn’t convert the win. His first goal was bad defending on a different level. When do Chelsea ever play that badly against us?
Anyway, what this does do is put 4th back in our hands. 2 wins and we’re through. The summer time can start and we’ll have something new to worry about. Wigan shouldn’t be too much of an issue. They’ll have a cup come down of sorts, not to mention the ten days rest we’ll have had. Then it’s Newcastle away on the last game of the season. On paper, not the easiest. However, if they’re clear of danger by that point… expect them to be thinking of their holidays. They don’t have a good enough manager to focus otherwise.
Spurs have Stoke away and Sunderland. I’m expecting them to drop more points. They’ll be deflated by last night.
All in all, we’ve had a gift sent out way, all we have to do now is sign for it at the Post Office.
In other news, the rumours that we’re sniffing around Draxler aren’t a million miles off. The German playmaker is attracting interest from lots of clubs after his meteoric rise up the ranks. I’ve only caught a bit of him, but from what I’ve seen, he certainly looks a talent. I’m hoping that the reason we’re sniffing around so many players this summer is because there’s a plan b… unlike years gone past where we miss out on plan A… then it’s over. Remember that year we missed Baptista?
Another player who seems set on moving on is Wayne Rooney. He’s not been himself over the past year or so and he did try to move to City a few seasons ago. I remember a Sky Sports presenter telling me he’d run an interview with him and Wayne had alledgedly spoken about United in past tense until his agent got involved and demanded the whole thing be pulled… which is was. He’s been a problem for United this season and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move on… especially now Moyes is back. I’m sure they had a legal spat over something he put in his book? Anyway, wouldn’t he be a signing of intent? We were interested in him before he moved to United. I think he was shown around Colney… so we know Wenger is a fan. What do you reckon? Would you have him at Arsenal? I doubt he’ll be fetching £32m… and I’m struggling to see him getting a move to Bayern Munich. Anyway… fantasy talk over here.
Finally, a bit of behind the scenes news. Our new away kit is supposed to be a bit special. It’s a take on the retro kit below. Similar in colour scheme to the one we had a few years ago. Anyway, if I’ve got that wrong, you can all call me a massive you know what. Nice for Nike to pull one out the bag as they’re on the way out!
P.P.S I’m at the FWA this evening… so I’ll be rummaging for gossip. More tomorrow.