UK time is: 21:31:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 30 2008

Time: 5:37PM

Your Comments

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
Nine league titles in 15 years - who cares if it's only his second Champions League final (apart from the man himself)?
midlothian99
best manager to hit europe
rooneyisgod
Not bad for a wee guy with a red nose........
quietman
Not bad for a fella who makes me look like a AA enthusiast, and mind you, Im almost always hammered.
Blue is the colour
Even i must admit, RedNose has done well.
ZeeNut
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Two Points Dropped! (Saturday December 20 2014)

Stats: Aston Villa v United (Saturday December 20 2014)

Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1 (Saturday December 20 2014)

Aston Villa v United - Team Sheets (Saturday December 20 2014)

Van Gaal Makes Carrick United Vice-Captain (Saturday December 20 2014)

11 of the Best for Villa (a) (Saturday December 20 2014)

And the Next Defender To Be linked Is? (Friday December 19 2014)

Is it The Same Fellaini? (Friday December 19 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Aston Villa 1 - 1 Man Utd
Man Utd 3 - 0 Liverpool
Southampton 1 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Stoke
Man Utd 3 - 0 Hull City
Arsenal 1 - 2 Man Utd

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 16 12 3 1 +23 39
2. Man City 17 12 3 2 +22 39
3. Man Utd 17 9 5 3 +12 32
4. West Ham 17 9 4 4 +10 31
5. Southampton 17 9 2 6 +15 29
6. Spurs 17 8 3 6 -1 27
7. Arsenal 16 7 5 4 +9 26

Breaking League News

Bruce: We're Missing Our Big Players
Swansea : 20/12/2014 21:29:00
Wholesale Team Changes Pay Off For Monk
Swansea : 20/12/2014 21:23:00
Awesome Austin Blitzes Baggies
Q.P.R. : 20/12/2014 21:03:00
Bruce - We Weren't Good Enough Against Swansea
Hull City : 20/12/2014 20:53:00
Irvine - Penalty Call Changed The Game
WBA : 20/12/2014 20:44:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Aston Villa?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 0%
Jones 0%
Carrick 0%
Evans 0%
Fletcher 0%
Van Persie 0%
Young 75%
Valencia 0%
Rooney 25%
Mata 0%
Falcao 0%
Blackett 0%
Wilson 0%
Di Maria 0%