Life at Manchester United has changed drastically since the great Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford.
The trophy haul has slowed down considerably, while we’ve slid down the table as the club continue to adjust. Jose Mourinho has certainly steadied the ship somewhat, although we’re still not where we’d like to be.
David Moyes’ and Louis van Gaal’s eras were largely forgettable. There was no plan or tactic in place, it was no surprise to see they didn’t last that long at the helm.
Now, United legend Rio Ferdinand has been looking back at the Iron Tulip era. The centre-half has hinted that homegrown talents like Tom Cleverley and Dany Welbeck would’ve lasted longer at the club if Fergie was still at the helm…
“I’m fairly confident the likes of Cleverley & Welbeck who came through the Manchester United system would have been at the club longer if Sir Alex Ferguson had stayed as manager,” Ferdinand said, per The Peoples Person.
“[They] were vital members of the squad that loved the club and know the DNA.”
I see these guys in a similar light to Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford; although probably less talented than the United duo. There is no doubt that they would have been given more time under a boss like Ferguson, but that’s just football.
Van Gaal was well within his rights to try and make the playing squad his own. Obviously, it didn’t work out, but you can hardly say that Welbeck and Cleverley have set the world alight since departing Old Trafford.
I guess that’s the risk you take when you let these guys go, but at the time, I believe the correct decisions were made. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh?