Sir Alex Ferguson is, and always will be, a legend at Manchester United.
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Since the legendary Scottish manager retired in May 2013, things haven’t quite been the same at Old Trafford. He know has a stand named after him and a statue outside, as his legacy of delivering decades of success for the Red Devils will live on forever.
However, since stepping down and moving into an executive role upstairs at Old Trafford, Fergie, now 73, has rarely spoken about his reasons to retire at the age of 71.
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Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Ferguson was asked about the death of his wife’s (Cathy) twin sister, Bridget, in 2012 and how big of a role that played in his decision to step down after winning his 13th Premier League title.
“I definitely would have carried on,” Ferguson revealed. “But this time when I told her I was going to retire she had no objection. I knew she wanted me to do it.”
Ferguson also spoke about United’s fortunes since he left the hot-seat, as the man he hand-picked to be his successor, David Moyes, didn’t even last a season with United finishing seventh, and Louis Van Gaal has spent almost $400 million on new transfers trying to get United back to past glories and he only delivered a fourth-placed finish last term.
“Even when I knew I was retiring we still tried to put some things in place, with players coming in,” Feruson said. “The bus was still moving forward. Everyone was optimistic about where we were going.”
Thinking about it, what would things at United look like now if Fergie was still in charge?