IRVINE WAS SHOCKED WHEN FERGUSON LEFT ABERDEEN

Brian Irvine says he was shocked the day Sir Alex Ferguson left Aberdeen for Manchester United.


He said he would never forget that day as the feeling at Pittodrie was that of massive loss. He led them for eight years and was set for greater success at Old Trafford.

Irvine, who lifted the 1990 Scottish Cup, is sad to see that another manager with the best win ratio since Ferguson is set to leave again. Derek McInnes has reportedly left the Granite City to lead Sunderland from the ruins of relegation to the Championship.

“The news then quickly broke that he was going to Manchester United and I was in shock. He signed me, he was the man I looked up to, so it was a big, big disappointment for me,” Irvine said.

“Like it was then for Aberdeen with Fergie, it will be very hard too for the current board to replace Derek McInnes,” he added. He said Ian Porterfield was a good manager but the shoes of Ferguson were to large to be filled. He cited the retirement of Ferguson at United as another example. He said the Red Devils struggled to replace him until they got Jose Mourinho. Continue reading IRVINE WAS SHOCKED WHEN FERGUSON LEFT ABERDEEN

Marouane Fellaini played an integral part in the club’s revival

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini played an integral part in the club’s revival in fortunes towards the end of the season.

The Belgian seemingly was heading towards an exit when Louis Van Gaal took over. After all, he had just completed a very poor first season at Old Trafford and he was widely rated as not being a ‘United type of player’. Amidst all such opinions,Fellaini managed to play a vital role in Unitedreturning to the Champions League. Some of his key goals came in key matches – like against West Brom – when United were struggling to make any impact.

The 27-year-old is at the peak of his career and United are set to take advantage of this physical presence in a big way going forward. The former Everton man finished last season with seven goals from 27 matches. More importantly, he has helped retain the ball in the attacking third of the pitch due to his physical presence.Fellaini, though, sees his future at United transforming into a defensive midfielder going forward. Often players resorted to playing in this position towards the end of their career, but Fellaini started out here and sees himself ending his career in this position as well. Continue reading Marouane Fellaini played an integral part in the club’s revival