Sir Alex Ferguson
Readers might be wondering what former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo and former Manchester United supremo, Sir Alex Ferguson have in common?
Apart from both of them having the word “former” attached to their names, they both played big parts in choosing their successors.
However, while we all know what became of Chief Obasanjo’s own protégé, Ferguson’s own is still a work in progress. But if what has transpired in the past few days is anything to go by, then United fans have a right to harbour fears over Fergie’s choice of David Moyes to succeed him in the hot seat.
In the space of a few days the feel good factor that the 50-year-old had with his opening day win over Swansea and gritty performance against Chelsea has dissipated first with his defeat at Anfield and then United’s quite frankly abject display in the summer transfer.
While Ferguson suffered his own share of setbacks at Liverpool many will question Moyes selection and tactics in arguably the biggest match of his pledging United reign.
For instance, why did he start Ryan Giggs for a match of such magnitude and then opt to leave him on and replace Ashley Young, who at the time of his replacement has been one of United’s better players?
But if this was annoying, United’s transfer dealing (or lack of it) is the one to set the alarm bells ringing. Is it that because of Moyes United has now lost the ability to attract players to Old Trafford?
Whatever be the reason United fans are clearly unhappy and worried with the fact that marquee players have not brought into the club. Even Moyes’ fixation with Belgian midfielder, Marouane Fellaini has raised some eyebrows with a number of experts questioning the rationale pointing out that the former Everton man is not what United needs right now. “Fellaini, while a fine player, does not appear to be the identikit of the sort of midfield player needed to reinvigorate a department of United’s team that is in urgent need of repair.
“He will provide power, aerial threat and goals. Fellaini will also provide an element of enforcement but will he really provide the element of craft and creation United’s midfield needs?” wrote BBC’s Chief football writer, Phil McNulty in his column.
Only time will tell if Ferguson’s hand will end up like Obasanjo’s or if it will turn out to be the move of the century – but until then, I suspect that we (United fans) are in for a nerve wracking, nail-biting season!