Friday, 20 June 2008

Fergie's Obsession

Liverpool and Manchester United will always be England's two greatest rivals in the game, and United have a manager that instills this in his players as a matter of life and death. I do admire this from a manager but sometimes it seems a tad bit too much. He is also more importantly obsessed with overtaking Liverpool's records at all costs.

It's been a life-long obsession of his since the early days at the helm of Manchester United to wipe out the Merseyside giant's admirable record. The mention of Liverpool and their glorious history makes the man froth at the mouth, and most surely makes his blood boil each time a journalist compares his current squad, their recent success domestically and in Europe, with the likes of the Liverpool greats that once dominated the old Division One.

Here's a look at few points taken into consideration and underlines the obsession and fierce rivalry he has for the famous club in red.

Pursuit of 18 league titles and five European cups - this is understandable and is a topic he brings up each season as they etch ever so closely to it. Ferguson has delivered another 'double' for his beloved club but the time must be surely running out to catch-up in Europe. Those five stars on the Liverpool crest are not won over a few years, but rather by some great teams over the last few decades. One of his former captains in Roy Keane echo the above. He said: “So the thing is to catch up Liverpool next. They’re the target that Sir Alex Ferguson set at United when he first got the job.” Click here to read the full article.

'Resting' of players before key matches against Liverpool - is another sore point when the Manchester United midfield once dominated the England team. A few key players would often pickup a mysterious injury that would keep them out for a few days just before an England friendly. These would predictably take place just before key matches against their biggest rivals, and particularly in Liverpool's case. With a bit a of research you'll discover that the facts are out there but nobody has really picked up on it. It's often agreed that these matches are rather futile and senseless, and only increase the chances of players picking up injuries but is it club before country in Sir Alex Ferguson's case? Paul Scholes in particular would often be rested due to a niggle picked up during club training. Poor Wales suffered the same fate with Ryan Giggs being sidelined just before key qualifiers. Yes of course all managers want their best team on the field but it leaves a sour taste in the mouth if you think about it. One has to question his integrity. Scholes retiring from international football is another mystery I'd like to someday get my head around.

The Gabriel Heinze snub - is another story that springs to mind. The player publicly stated his desire to play for Liverpool. Ferguson was having nothing of it and ensured that the controversial transfer didn't take place with it eventually being decided by a bitter legal dispute in court. There was no way he would let his fiercest rivals gain the upper hand by signing a player that was named Player of the Year in his debut season at Manchester United. Heinze was bemused by Ferguson's obsessive behavior to deny his dream move. He said: "I still do not understand the real motives of United and think the whole thing set a bad example for football. "It is incredible that in the modern age - in the 21st century - there exists a situation where United will not sell to Liverpool" - he told the Daily Mail. Clearly the Argentine can't get his head around the whole debacle. Click here to read the full article.

The pursuit of wonderkid Aaron Ramsey - again a hot topic of discussion as a host of top teams were chasing the youngster dubbed the 'new Steven Gerrard'. Liverpool, Manchester, Everton and Arsenal were all reportedly lining up his signature. Alex Wenger eventually won the race much to the dislike of Ferguson. He is said to have been rather angry that one of his closest rivals has snatched Ramsey from under his nose. I'm sure he would have been even more angry if Liverpool managed to steal the show. This is just one of many fiercely fought transfer sagas as the top four clubs compete for the best talent across England and abroad.

Double Standards - again another blistering hot topic of discussion. Ferguson accused Liverpool of 'tapping up' Heinze in the transfer saga mentioned earlier. He said: "We are looking at Liverpool's whole role in this," says Fergie. "We are not letting them off with it." Clearly this is a case of double standards from the United boss. He has pursued many players and lured them to Old Trafford with the same tactics. That's most likely why FIFA has backed Real Madrid in the Ronaldo saga after Manchester United submitted a formal complaint. Click here to read the full article.

One could probably spend a lifetime collecting bits and bobs around Manchester United and Liverpool's fierce rivalry, but that is a whole new topic of discussion on it's own. Have a read at some of the funny stories around the rivalry that has taken place over the last few years. Click here.

It does however remain clear that Ferguson has been overly obsessive with his club's fiercest rivals, and why not? Long may it continue!


brent footie king said...

Spot on Wagner, that wanker has long obsessed about our golden era. I skat if the porra leaves then Manu will end 3rd.

Check here bra im sending imigration to your house, they must come and check your legality in that country.

Craig - The Real Footie Analyst said...

brent footie king! hope ur well?

They will suffer if he leaves and they can't seem to deal with the reality.

Benitez better get our signing spot on or else we'll fight the Manc scum for 3rd spot.

I'm here legally mate so don't you worry about mate!

Chat soon.
Sir Craig
The Real Footie Analyst

PS: Tell Cliffie that I still think he is a monkey...

Anonymous said...

Craigy Craigy Craig, this is mos a load of hogwash! I mean really, now!
If I were you I would come up with a better kaart than to point out your 5 CL titles! As much as I despise the Mancs, I think I kinda despise you scousers more, and though it will be a onduidelik for utd to have won the most league titles, it sure would be great to stop hearing it from the Kop Shameful!
So cling on to your 5 CL titles, because you Liverpool fans mos know how to really live in the past (instead you should be talking about winning your 1st Premiership title) and please note that any snotty reply about the Gooners will just re-inforce my point!


Craig - The Real Footie Analyst said...

Charles, don't still check!

Don't worry my next article relates directly to Arsenal and their failure to win anything. Stay tuned for some quality blogging my friend.

Sir Craig
The Real Footie Analyst

Anonymous said...

For a Liverfool fan he sure writes a lot about other teams except the team he supports! Thing will stay a blinker-footie-watcher! The Real Footie Analyst my a$$! :-)

Craig - The Real Footie Analyst said...


The idea is to write and discuss all teams, opinions, and not just Liverpool, hence the reason for the blog.

Some more interesting topics are to follow shortly so watch this space.

Sir Craig
The Real Footie Analyst

Anonymous said...

wagner we patiently await your next blog! a prelude to the new season should suffice! did u see the bookies have penned pool to a maximum 4th spot!

Anonymous said...

wagner we patiently await your next blog! a prelude to the new season should suffice! did u see the bookies have penned pool to a maximum 4th spot!

Craig - The Real Footie Analyst said...

Hi Gents,

Apologies for the delay in posting a new thread. I've been so busy lately, but will make a concerted effort to post something fresh before the season kicks off. And which absurd bookie predicts that Pool will finish 4th? That's a brave statement no doubt. After we thrashed Rangers the pundits were singing our praises...but then again its only Rangers!??

Thanks to whoever posted this message as it's been a good heads up.

Watch this space!