Injuries killed Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson

By on October 28, 2014

Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has attributed the poor start that the club had to the incessant injury cases that Louis van Gaal has had to contend with. The rate at which the players were coming in and out of injury spells has seen the manager hand professional debuts to two youth team defenders in Tyler Blacklet and Paddy McNair and now, the retired manager while speaking at an event in London to publicise the updated edition of his autobiography stated that had the injury spells been fair on the Old Trafford outfit, they would be riding high by now. It is also important to note that since he took charge at the club, Louis van Gaal has never had a full squad of his favourite regulars and has so far had to make several interim designs to cushion the effects.

Sir Alex stated that; ‘it’s been a bit of one step forward and two back, it has been difficult with injuries. I got told the team today at 3pm, and Phil Jones is injured again. I said are we going to get a break here? If the back four doesn’t play consistently together then you aren’t going to get results.’

The legendary Scot however maintained that the current manager is up to the task and has previously backed the exorbitant spending that Louis van Gaal committed to this summer. In his own words, Fergie further explained that; ‘People keep saying ‘you are fragile at the back’, and that is understandable. But these boys need time to adapt, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are still young men. Louis van Gaal will get there because he’s got the stubbornness and determination to do well. I have no doubt he will get it right and I am certain that Manchester United have made the right choice.’

When he was asked about what he felt about the draw that the team secured against league leaders Chelsea, the Scot opined that Manchester United got a good result and that The Blues will be the ones bemoaning the loss of points.

Manchester United will be hoping to have Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Radamel Falcao and maybe Phil Jones fit in time to face city rivals Manchester City by the weekend. Team captain Wayne Rooney will also be available after serving a ban of 3 games and Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the best is yet to come from the current squad.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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