Kevin Keegan has talked at length today about Sir Alex Ferguson.
Kevin Keegan – has highest respect for Alex Ferguson
Kevin talked to Luke Edwards of the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œThe 6-0 loss is more relevant to these players than the 5-0 win all those years ago,â€ â€œYou hope, and I would think, we would get a reaction to that. We have got to let Man United know we think differently now and are capable of a different performance over 90 minutes, although if they looked at us playing Aston Villa in the second half, they would think we were the same team.”
“We have to push that to one side. We went there (Old Trafford) managerless, no disrespect to the caretaker. They were 0-0 at half time and did have a couple of opportunities.â€ â€œAfter that they fell to bits and it could have been more than six, but Man United can do that to anybody.”
“They did it to Arsenal and we know how good they are; put four past Arsenal and really dominated them. If you need telling, it shows what a good side they are. But they are not invincible. If you didnâ€™t think you could win, you shouldnâ€™t go. We have an opportunity, it is a good game for us.â€
â€œYeah, theyâ€™re a great side. Man for man they are better than we can put out, but if we can perform as a team, we can beat them. Manchester City showed that a couple of weeks ago at Old Trafford and Spurs were very unlucky not to beat them.â€
Kevin’s famous outburst against Ferguson during the 1995-96 season is something that is shown on TV a lot. But when you see it now, it doesn’t look a big deal, at least not to us. Here was a man who was showing his passion to beat Manchester United, and we’re not sure what’s wrong with that. Maybe he wasn’t showing the stiff upper lip, but that never won football games.
â€œI have maximum respect for him. You only have to look at what he has done, what he went through at the start at Manchester United and how he has rebuilt the team three times.”â€œPeople think I do not like him, I do, but I would like to beat him again, you know because I quite enjoy that, as anyone would tell you. But that does not mean to say I do not respect what he does, and what he is as a man and also what he has done at the club.”
“He just gets on with it. He runs his football club the right way, not scared to say his opinion if he thinks something is wrong as he did recently about the 39th game.” â€œHe is big enough, strong enough and confident enough to say things. You do not always agree with him but I admire that in somebody. It means he still cares passionately about what he does.â€
â€œI definitely believe we can compete with them again on an equal footing, but not overnight. If you can do it once, why canâ€™t you do it again? If you do not believe things like that, there is no point being in football. You might as well just fulfill the fixtures and let the Big Four take over the top four as they are. It is our job to challenge them.â€
Good words from Kevin at the end, and we hope he’s right. We’ll be able to see how quickly we are improving later this afternoon.
It’s also hard to argue about Alex Ferguson as a manager as his record says it all. Not only at Manchester United but he had a terrific record at Aberdeen before he ever arrived at Old Trafford.
- Scottish League: (3) 1979-80, 1983-84, 1984-85
- Runners-Up: (2) 1980-81, 1981-82
- Scottish Cup: (4) 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86
- Scottish League Cup: (1) 1985-86
- Runners-Up: (2) 1978-79, 1979-80
- European Cup Winners Cup: (1) 1982-83
- UEFA Super Cup: (1) 1983-84
We’ll not list what he’s done at Manchester United – we don’t have the space.
We’ll just leave it, that he’s the best British born manager ever – there’s no doubt about that.