Throughout his 30-plus years as a manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has seen and done it all, while in his capacity as a racehorse owner, the veteran has experienced little success. However April 6 could see him victorious in both sports, as he leads United into the next Manchester derby and one of his horses competes in the Grand National.
Before the start of this Premier League season, Sir Alex set his sights on winning back the title from rivals Manchester City. With his side currently 12 points clear at the top of the table, there’s every chance that they could come into the game needing to win in order to secure the title, while a win for Harry The Viking could bring him further cheer.
Sir Alex is desperate to win back the crown which he has done with his side on so many occasions. Winning it back from their local rivals will help to reassert their dominance in the domestic game, especially after the same fixture last season saw City romp to a convincing 6-1 victory. However, there are a few games still to go before the derby, and by then the title could have been secured.
By the time April 6 comes round, there’s a possibility that City could have clawed a few points back. Their form suggests that it’s unlikely to happen, but with United facing a daunting Champions League tie against Real Madrid this month, taking their eye off the ball could hand the reigning champions an opportunity to make a late surge in time for their trip to Old Trafford.
Harry The Viking is running at the Grand National for Sir Alex, which for the Scot is a huge honour. However, his chances of bringing yet more silverware to the man who’s won everything are a little more remote.
Despite having the guiding hand of experienced trainer Paul Nicholls to help steer him in the right direction, it seems that any joy on the day is likely to come from Fergie’s first love. Nevertheless, he can dream of two big wins!