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Fergie Betters Sir Matt's Record!

Much has been made of Sir Alex Ferguson's Champions League record over the years. The ABUs claimed that one final over 21 years shows that he's not a great manager after all; the sensible people admitted that his record should be better in that particular competition but he's been staggeringly unlucky at times.

The truth is that before yesterday's game there was a chance that he would exactly mirror Sir Matt Busby's European Cup record. The great Scot took his team to five semi-finals and lost four. Milan had knocked United out twice under his reign and of course they stopped Fergie's team last year.

Progress against Barcelona means that Fergie's semi-final record now reads two out of five - it's not great but it's better than what the legendary Busby achieved. We had our fair share of bad luck in this competition, we lost to inferior teams, we lost to teams we should have beaten but for naive defending and profligacy in front of goal.

We were due this success and deserved to go through. After so many spectacular failures, I'm more than happy to accept this piece of uglyish success.

Of course there is another record: United have won both their European Cup finals, therefore both Sir Matt and Lord Fergie have perfect records in the deciding game of the competition. If SAF keeps up this tradition of winning then he will finally, irreversibly, unarguably become United's greatest ever manager.

You can see why it is so important for him, can't you?




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 30 2008

Time: 5:37PM

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he's already the greatest ever manager in united's history. he did not have to rebuild after such a disaster as munich but competition is much stiffer than in busby's days, there are more great teams around
Vidicinho
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30/04/2008 18:12:00

Nine league titles in 15 years - who cares if it's only his second Champions League final (apart from the man himself)?
midlothian99
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30/04/2008 18:25:00

best manager to hit europe
rooneyisgod
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30/04/2008 20:44:00

Not bad for a wee guy with a red nose........
quietman
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30/04/2008 21:37:00

Not bad for a fella who makes me look like a AA enthusiast, and mind you, Im almost always hammered.
Blue is the colour
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01/05/2008 21:42:00

Even i must admit, RedNose has done well.
ZeeNut
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02/05/2008 01:45:00

 

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