United Forum
Go Back   United Forum > Manchester United > Football
Closed Thread
 
Old 14-03-2009, 05:31 AM
borsuk
 
Thumbs up "It isn't just a job to me," he once said. "It's a mission." - good article on fergie

"It isn't just a job to me," he once said. "It's a mission. I am deadly serious about it – some people would say too serious ... we will get there. Believe me. And when it happens life will change for Liverpool – dramatically."




Quote:
Ferguson's quest for domination is almost complete





The peculiar thing is that whenever Sir Alex Ferguson is asked about Manchester United winning an 18th league title he insists it would not make it any more special to draw level with Liverpool. There are Mancunians and Liverpudlians thinking of little else right now. But Ferguson was at it again yesterday, putting on his poker face and arguing that it didn't really make any difference. "That's not actually my target," he has insisted all season.

On the basis that Ferguson is unlikely to agree to being strapped to a polygraph, we shall probably have to take him at his word. We also know that, deep down, United's manager has a begrudging respect for Liverpool. He admires their history and tradition. He likes the way their crowd appreciate opposition teams that play good football. He can laugh about the time he went to one match at Anfield as a spectator. "You Manc bastard, come to see the champions?" were the first words he heard when he got out of his car.

Yet Ferguson has so much personal history with Liverpool it is difficult to imagine that a man so ferociously partisan and competitive has not felt the first rush of malicious pleasure about inflicting more of the misery on them that they once inflicted on United.

Ferguson has been on top for so long now he has banished many of the old insecurities. But he also acknowledged yesterday he had not forgotten the various agonies to which Liverpool subjected him in his formative years at Old Trafford. He remembers their power, the way referees caved in when the Kop howled for a penalty and the way, as he once put it, "a lot of managers leave Anfield choking on their own sick". Back then, Ferguson was the guy complaining, ŕ la Benítez, that it was one rule for the club at the top and one for the rest. Liverpool, in short, had everything he wanted. As Ferguson said yesterday: "The 1980s belonged to Liverpool, without question."

Turning that around took time. So long, indeed, there were periods when fans would demand Ferguson's sacking. The Old Trafford crowd were as sick of Liverpool's success as they were United's failures. And so was Ferguson. It had made him a 24/7 obsessive. "It isn't just a job to me," he once said. "It's a mission. I am deadly serious about it – some people would say too serious ... we will get there. Believe me. And when it happens life will change for Liverpool – dramatically."

But it was not a quick process. Ferguson grimaced yesterday as he thought back to the 1991-92 season when United, without a league title since 1967, won eight of their opening 10 games and, until Easter, it finally looked as if it could be their season. On the final, decisive afternoon they went to Anfield and Ian Rush, who had never scored against them in 24 attempts, broke his duck with both goals in a 2–0 win. Leeds finished as champions and Ferguson returned to Manchester to contemplate a shocking statistic: Manchester United had gone 25 years without a title.

Ferguson remembers it "like a death in the family". But he was clever. He realised the agonies of that day could be exploited and urged his players never to forget the way the Liverpool crowd had treated them. Outside the stadium supporters asked for Ryan Giggs and Paul Ince's autographs and then tore them up in their faces. "It was purgatory," Gary Pallister, United's former centre-half, remembers. "Alex wanted us to remember it, to imprint it indelibly on our memories so we would make damned sure we never experienced it again."

Ferguson has had his revenge, of course. Since United ended their wait in 1993 the title has returned to Old Trafford like a homing pigeon, only very occasionally going astray. "It was a great Liverpool team when I arrived in England," he says. "We had a job to do and this club went about it the right way. We worked our socks off, everyone did, all the departments, scouting, youth programme, and bit by bit we got where we are."

Question Ferguson about the significance of equalling Liverpool's record and he will point out that he does not want to say anything that could seem presumptuous or overly confident. But he understands the question. "They have always been our main rival. It's always been our derby. Geographically, historically, the two cities, the two most successful clubs in Britain. When they get together you expect sparks to fly."

And Ferguson, when everything is said and done, loves to see Liverpool hanging on United's coat-tails. In September 2002, he was interviewed by this newspaper after United had lost two of their opening six league games and Alan Hansen had described Ferguson's position as "the greatest challenge of his career". Ferguson has always resented the fact there are so many ex-Liverpool players on the Match of the Day sofa. "My greatest challenge is not what's happening at the moment," he said, "my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch."

That quote will be around for as long as there are football pitches, even if it was a classic case of Ferguson trying to rewrite history. Liverpool's decline can actually be traced to the end of 1990, their last title-winning year, and it was another three years before United finally won the league. Yet Ferguson delivered his line with the dramatic effect of Robert de Niro. "And you can print that," he exclaimed. Point made.
 
Old 14-03-2009, 08:32 AM
iamwaiting
 
Default

Great stuff-really not looking forward to him going. We'll never get anyone with that intensity and desire plus the ability to transfer it to the team so that they win multiple trophies without going of the rails. Last of the breed of great Scottish managers (unless Moyes can make the step up).
 
Old 14-03-2009, 08:51 AM
Fountz
 
Question

Great stuff.

Sorry, been up since four with one of the littluns.. brain not working and out of caffeine...

his quote "my greatest challenge was to knock them of their f***ing perch" ! is that from 92 or now ?

Implys past tense !!
 
Old 14-03-2009, 09:00 AM
elephantstone
 
Default

I'll never forget the title loss at Anfield, there was 50 off us in their mainstand and the only consolation was giving a few digs out as we were escorted out after the game....the shout went up do the candys! and we held our own outside the ground whilst the united end was still locked up, it went off again up by stanley park as our fans were baying for blood.

I dont think you will see anything like that at OT this afternoon
 
Old 14-03-2009, 09:12 AM
no fun
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by elephantstone
I'll never forget the title loss at Anfield, there was 50 off us in their mainstand and the only consolation was giving a few digs out as we were escorted out after the game....the shout went up do the candys! and we held our own outside the ground whilst the united end was still locked up, it went off again up by stanley park as our fans were baying for blood.

I dont think you will see anything like that at OT this afternoon

if wee mans wearing his neil diamond t shirt outside macaris it will get nasty
 
Old 14-03-2009, 09:44 AM
captain scarlet
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by no fun
if wee mans wearing his neil diamond t shirt outside macaris it will get nasty
Closed Thread
Thread Tools
Similar Threads for: "It isn't just a job to me," he once said. "It's a mission." - good article on fergie
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
John ""JT" "The Lionheart" Terry of England is fit for Chelsea tomorrow. antonin jablonsky Football 14 17-10-2008 04:26 PM
in tribute to ginlardes "best film director" thread. I give youmy "best ever united player" poll no fun Football 18 18-08-2008 02:43 PM
Recommend an "Airport" Thriller/espionage/guy on a mission.... novel ! Fountz Off Topic 10 06-03-2008 12:59 PM
Love it when players call us "United" but it's even better when we're referred to as "Manchester!" toseeunited Football 13 29-06-2007 10:33 AM
All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:54 AM.

Copyright ©2006 - 2018 utdforum.com. This site is in no way affiliated to Manchester United Football Club.