Sir Alex Ferguson talks about rivalry and reveals football secrets to Harvard
Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is seeking revenge on Manchester City for stealing the Premier League title from Manchester United in the dying moments of the season. Manchester United lost a big lead towards the end of the season which allowed Manchester City to win their first Premier League title in 44 years on goal difference.
The Old Trafford boss confesses he is “still angry” over losing the Premier League title archrivals Manchester City. Speaking as if it was an open mike, Sir Alex Ferguson told the audience at Harvard business school in Boston that Manchester City’s victory had left painful scars along with hunger for more success.
The Manchester United manager was shocked by last minute goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero that led Manchester City to the Premier League title last season.
“I've still got a wee bit of anger in me, thinking of how we threw the league away last season,” Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted by the Daily Mirror. “It was another day in the history of Manchester United. That's all it was. It created the drama that only United can produce. My motivation to the players will be that we can't let City beat us twice in a row.”
Sir Alex Ferguson also criticized clubs who were impatient with their managers. The Scotsman explained that changing managers wasn’t necessarily going to bring a positive change. Well, the gaffer can give his own example in this scenario given that he has been with Manchester United for an astonishing 26 years.
“Some English clubs have changed managers so many times that it creates power for the players in the dressing room and that is very dangerous,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued. “Football management in the end is all about the players. You think you are a better player than they are, and they think they are a better manager than you are.
“The first thought for 99% of newly appointed managers is to make sure they win to survive. They bring experienced players in, often from their previous clubs, but I think it is important to build a structure for a football club, not just a football team You need a foundation. And there is nothing better than seeing a young player make it to the first team.
“The idea is that the younger players are developing and meeting the standards that the older ones have set before. For me the hardest thing is to let go of a player who has been a great guy, but all the evidence is on the football field. If you see the change, the deterioration, you have to start asking yourself what it is going to be like two years ahead.”