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

MOURINHO: BETTER YEARS TO COME

Manchester United are set to clash with Manchester City in a much awaited derby in the Premier League as teams scamper for the remaining points before the season closes.


United have struggled with matching expectations under Jose Mourinho but the Portuguese manager opines that better years lie ahead.

The Red Devils won the EFL Cup weeks back and they have qualified for the last four as they remain in the race for a Europa League title. They are pushing for a top four finish despite the odds, yet many would say they had an underwhelming season, particularly based on the feels when the season started.

United are set to play Pep Guardiola’s men on Thursday and a victory could see them move into the top fourspot. Mourinho has tried to take the pressure off him and the team by saying he does not care much about titles at this stage. The former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach said his focus is on building a strong side.

“It can be the first season of better years. And the reality is even in the first season of better years we won already and we have already the chance to do good things until the end of the season. Continue reading MOURINHO: BETTER YEARS TO COME

Louis Van Gaal – The most Experienced Manager

Louis Van Gaal is one of the experienced managers involved football and he has been in charge of clubs in Germany, Spain and Holland.

Coming to England for the first time with Manchester United, the Dutchman experienced the lack of a winter break during the league season for the first time in his career. Even tougher was the fact that United have had to deal with playing in the space of 48 hours after Boxing Day. After entertaining Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, United travelled to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham.

Van Gaal said that it was simply not ideal for the players and it showed during the drab 0-0 draw. United looked short of energy in the second half and were on the back foot for much of the last 45 minutes. He has quoted the rules from UEFA which demands at least 48 hours before the next kick-off. Since United’s match against Tottenham will be live on television, it kicks off much earlier than other matches. Thus, the Red Devils have even lower recovery time than some of the clubs at the top like Chelsea and Manchester City. Despite Van Gaal complaining about the lack of recovery times, he named the same starting line-up against Tottenham.

“Everybody knows that a body cannot recover within 48 hours. Therefore, there is a rule at Uefa and Fifa that you cannot play games [in that time]. That’s scientifically proven. Everybody knows that and, in spite of that, we have to play. It’s the culture of England.I don’t mind but it is not good for the health of the players and it is not good for the game because I think the FA, and also the fans, want attractive games. You have seen the second half [at Tottenham],” said Van Gaal.