“What Alex Ferguson did to David Moyes and – subsequently – to Louis Van Gaal? Well, it wasn’t very original thing to do. It was the same pattern that had been established by Jose Mourinho. If Ferguson had implemented values (or, more precisely, lack of any) to Premiership that have been burdening the English football for twenty years, it’s Jose Mourinho who has been watering them ever since his first period at Chelsea.
In a way, it’s no surprise that Ferguson returned the compliment by copying Mourinho’s policy at Inter. At Inter, Mourinho had inherited a very strong team yet experienced team from Robeto Mancini. It’s no wonder why – Inter had been the biggest spenders in Italy even before Calciopoli and the fact they’d been the only Italian giants that managed to completely escape from consequences of Calciopoli so they had actually benefitted from it as Juventus’ relegation enabled them to get Vieira and Ibrahimović. Mourinho won two Italian championships and in his second season he managed to get Samuel Eto’o for Zlatan Ibrahimović which would have been a great business even if Barcelona hadn’t added a lot of money as well to get the Swedish striker.
Real Mad have been known for their idiotic transfer policy for decades so it’s no surprise that Mourinho took Sneijder from them in the same summer transfer window when Bayern had signed Arjen Robben. Inter and Bayern reached the Champions’ League final and two Dutch players played the most important role while Real Mad were knocked out in the First Knockout Stage with knowledge they would have to spent a few hundred millions more to get La Decima. Mourinho won the Champions’ League with Inter and immediately signed for Real Mad. After all, who is better in spending money than the person who had won the Premier League by spending hundreds of millions?
Meanwhile, Inter – with most of their players spent in every possible way and the average age of the team well above thirty – had to settle with Rafa Benitez. Benitez didn’t know what to do with the team left by Mourinho and he got fired very soon. The thing is, Inter haven’t been able to recover ever since Mourinho’s departure. Managers come and go, they have even changed their major owner but they couldn’t have done much better than qualifying for Europa League.
Mourinho is usually hailed by the Inter fans and they even beg him to return – in a similar fashion like the Manchester United fans call for Ferguson’s return from the retirement. And, it was Alex Ferguson who had left David Moyes over-aged and worn-out team. Now, if we can say: „Oh, Moyes failed because he is a limited manager that has been used to a mentality in which sixth or seventh place are a success“, it’s hardly a case with Louis Van Gaal. Van Gaal managed to win the Champions’ League with Ajax and two poor penalties were the reason why he hadn’t retained the title. He set the ground for the dominant Bayern München side by signing Robben and Ribery with the introduction of Thomas Müller. So, he’s not the worst manager in the world.
One have to wonder: how deep the mud in which Alex Ferguson had left Manchester United must be? Now, compare it with Arsenal. Say The Board – for one reason or another – decides to sack Arsene Wenger or if Wenger himself decides to quit (which, given that he’s a man of principles who – unlike some people – respects contracts, is very unlikely).
Whoever succeeds him would inherit a squad that consists:
1) three goalkeepers – two of them being international ones – with a fine average age and all of them having some Premiership and Champions’ League experience,
2) three right full-backs out of which only one is going to be thirty this season while two of them are long-term prospects,
3) two international left full-backs with a fine average age and variety of options,
4) two experienced international central defenders and two for both present and future, 5) a 24-year-old defensive midfielder who has been around since 2011 but has flourished in the last three months,
6) two central midfielders – one at the age of 23 and the other at the age of 25 – with a lot of energy, drive and creativity,
7) a central midfielder who tackles, creates goals and scores them while looking even better player at the age of 30 than he was when he joined us,
8) the best No. 10 in the world at the age of 26 who has already won Primera, World Cup and FA Cup,
9) one of the best all-round attackers in the world capable of producing goals on his own, three English speed-demons and an excellent hold-up striker,
10) not to mention exciting youngsters who wait for their chance to shine like and a few experienced players at the age of 30+ who can help the younger forces.
Now, that’s a real legacy, isn’t it?”
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