Alex: The Man Behind The Legend
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The phrase is at least as old as 1998,  but the concept first appeared on 10 April 1993 when Steve Bruce scored a 97th-minute goal (seventh minute of injury time added on by the referee) against Sheffield Wednesday to win the game for United: they went top of the league with this win and remained there until the season ended. Despite getting some retribution on Chelsea by beating them in the Community Shield, United suffered their worst start to a league season under Ferguson, drawing their first two league games before suffering a 1–0 defeat by local rivals Manchester City. He was counter-accused of intimidating behaviour towards his office secretary because he wanted players to get some expenses tax free. A bronze statue of Ferguson, designed by Scottish sculptor Philip Jackson, was unveiled outside Old Trafford on 23 November 2012.
McClaren told Ferguson to get the team organised for extra time, to which he replied, "Steve, this game isn't finished. Earlier in the season, on 2 September 2012, Ferguson managed his 1,000th league game with United playing against Southampton. After a good run of form, Ferguson claimed that throughout his time at Manchester United, this was the best squad he had managed to assemble thus far. United's win against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round was a portent for the remainder of the season.
Cantona assaulted a Crystal Palace supporter in a game at Selhurst Park, and it seemed likely he would leave English football. citation needed] His family convinced him to remain in charge of United and Ferguson informed Watkins of his u-turn the following day.
Norwegian signings Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ronny Johnsen were the notable additions to the squad, with the former ending the season as the club's top goalscorer. On reflection, Ferguson said it was "a demonstration of the morale that was to be every bit as vital as rich skill in the five months that lay ahead of United". Analyst Alan Hansen stated that he believed Ferguson was "the key component" in United's success that season, so key in fact that "[he] would have claimed the crown with any of the other top sides had he been in charge of them". Keane headed in a Beckham cross to halve the deficit just before half-time, but was later shown a yellow card for a foul on Edgar Davids, which prevented him from playing in the final. citation needed] Jason directed the 2021 documentary Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In about his father.
There were newspaper reports that Ferguson was also going to sign highly rated 21-year-old striker Chris Sutton from Norwich City, but the player headed for Blackburn instead. United having had a penalty claim turned down, Ferguson alleged after the game that Keith Hackett, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, was "not doing his job properly". The club broke the British transfer record once more, though this did not concern Ferguson: "We have the right to try and improve ourselves and there's nothing wrong with that.
The following season United managed to beat rivals Manchester City in the 2011 FA Community Shield and eliminated them in the FA Cup third round, but ended the season below City, who won their first Premier League title on goal difference. On 14 October 2013, Ferguson attended a ceremony where a road near Old Trafford was renamed from Water's Reach to Sir Alex Ferguson Way. He began his football career with Harmony Row Boys Club in Govan,   before progressing to Drumchapel Amateurs, a youth club with a strong reputation for producing senior footballers. He retired from management at the end of the 2012–13 season, having won the Premier League in his final season. Cantona was top scorer with 25 goals in all competitions despite being sent off twice in the space of five days in March 1994.In 2008, The Guardian published an interview with Todd (then aged 87), who had sacked Ferguson many years earlier. Dunfermline signed him the following summer (1964), and Ferguson became a full-time professional footballer. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password.
Todd expressed regret over what happened but blamed Aberdeen for not approaching his club to discuss compensation. The 1991–92 season did not live up to Ferguson's expectations and, in Ferguson's words, "many in the media felt that [his] mistakes had contributed to the misery".The 2002–03 season began rather poorly for United; the club made their worst start to a league campaign in 13 years. Ferguson felt it was possible "not because of the performance of the players but because of the referee", who disallowed a legitimate Scholes goal that would have been enough to progress. Alex is the most up-to-date biography of Sir Alex Ferguson, the most decorated manager in British football history. As well as having an ambassadorial role at Manchester United and other public speaking and charity engagements in retirement, he is a long-term patron of his childhood team Harmony Row, including a successful campaign for the club to have new facilities (they are now based at Braehead). He could be selfish and violent but there is no evidence of him wishing to inflict suffering gratuitously.