Speaking in a recent interview, Sir Alex Ferguson has shed light on Manchester United’s new manager Louis Van Gaal while commenting on Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and why Robin Van Persie will be back strongly in the second half of the season.
Louis Van Gaal has had his fair share of problems after taking over the reins at Manchester United. And though the Dutchman has managed to take United to the third spot in the Premier League table, his team has been far from consistent this season. However Alex Ferguson believes that it is only a matter of time before United ‘kick-off’ the season as they are currently suffering from too many injuries. Ferguson commented that it is unreasonable on Van Gaal’s part to expect great results with so many injuries.
“First of all, Louis van Gaal, I don’t know how he can expect to get the best results with the number of injuries he has had. When he gets the best players back — you watch United. He is a great coach and will do well.”
Ferguson also backed his old players such as Carrick, Van Persie and Rooney while stating that the new signings will take time to adjust to the new club.
“Michael Carrick is the best English player in the game. Robin van Persie, the World Cup maybe has taken a little bit out of him, but you watch him in the second half of the season. He’ll be fine. Rooney is flying again and will always get you a goal.’
“I’m not interested in what is happening with the players they have brought in because they need time. When I took Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic in January of the same year they were all over the place. They took five months to get used to playing for Manchester United — the culture, the history of the club — and these new players will be exactly the same.”
However the former United manager did speak about the ‘kid’ he brought to Old Trafford who has now turned into a ‘giant’ in front of the goal.
“The one that is most pleasing for me of the present lot is David de Gea. When we bought him as a kid, he was frail, but he had ability. He has special talents and he is showing that now. I’m really pleased for that kid.”
Ferguson also spoke fondly about Jose Mourinho and claimed that he is the perfect role model for youngsters who are dreaming of success.
“It is unfair really. He’s good looking, he’s got that sort of George Clooney bit in his hair now. But I think he is a great example, he can speak five languages or whatever he can.”
“He goes and becomes an interpreter for Bobby Robson, follows him to Barcelona, works under Louis Van Gaal; he is learning all the time.”
Ferguson claims that despite not being a football player himself, it is Mourinho’s willingness to learn and his fierce determination that has taken him to the top of the game.
“He (Mourinho) has got a determination, he wants to be a coach. He never played the game, by the way – you tell me how many presidents would give a manager a job who has never played the game? None. But he has done it.”
“Then he goes and manages a small team in Portugal, then goes to Porto and wins the league, wins the UEFA Cup, wins the European Cup, goes to Chelsea and wins the league. Goes to Inter Milan.”
“That is an example to anyone who wants to do well, you shouldn’t let the barriers get in your way if you want to get there.”
And finally, Sir Alex Ferguson spoke about the famous ‘Fergie time’ and has revealed that it was merely a ploy to intimidate the opponents.
“Absolutely. That’s why I used to go with my watch. I never looked at it. Honestly. But it gets across to the opponents and the referee. It was just a little trick.”