The number 7 jersey has been a source of treasure for Manchester United. What’s more, they have no plans to retire that number in spite of the greats who have graced it. It started in 1992 with Eric… progressed onto the hairstylist of the team and finally came to the superstar that got sold to Real Madrid for £80 million. But, behind every successful number 7, there has to someone else to back it up, someone to whom others can look when down in the dumps. Cantona might have been that person in his time, but when he finally decided to call it quits, Sir Alex had to turn to someone else, someone who could shoulder the responsibility of the team, who knew how to motivate everyone in the team…
Alex turned to a wolf.. one that looked a half cross between a crazed lunatic (with a maniac look in his eyes) and a very determined handsome young man (who had very serious anger issues to contend with).. I don’t even have to mention his name, because you already who I’m talking about. If you ever wanted your team to ride on the back of anyone, choose a madman who you can control. And that is exactly what Ferguson did. The new skipper was not blessed with brilliant skills, no deft touching, no long crosses like David, no accurate and sharp passing abilities like that of Scholes or Xavi, but he was more than adept in controlling the game from where he was. He was instrumental in getting the ball to those around him, making sure that he did contribute to it.
Alex turned to a wolf.. one that looked a half cross between a crazed lunatic (with a maniac look in his eyes) and a very determined handsome young man (who had very serious anger issues to contend with).. I don’t even have to mention his name, because you already who I’m talking about. You definitely have to admire him and the way he acted….. in some situations. Don’t get me wrong for praising him, but unfortunately a madman always remains just that.
I’m not here to talk about the ‘manager’ version of him (for we all know that he could never amount to being a great manager), instead I’m here to talk about the player… the number 16 that forever will live in Man Utd fans’ minds. The determination he possessed was unmatched on the football field. In fact, he was the one that players were more scared of, were they ever to lose a match. He was captain personified. They say that a captain has to lead by example and this is what he did. The way he ran the whole pitch at Turin in that semi final, the way he inspired them into the comeback, the way he stood up for Neville in the tunnel v1v against Vieira… this is what he brought to the table. They say that the captain has to be respected, and respect needs to be earned. Well, the destROYer definitely earned more than that.
You definitely have to admire him and the way he acted….. in some situations. Don’t get me wrong for praising him, but unfortunately a madman always remains just that. His anger was good to an extent, but when it turned to hatred, it was purely unprofessional. What he did to Alf-Inge Håland of Manchester City was unacceptable, the way he criticized Rio was unprofessional and the way he blamed the back 4 for their performance ultimately led to his leaving the club he led for so long. And when shown the door… Roy did what only he would do, he walked without asking ‘Why’.
If you ever wanted to be just like him, well don’t. You could not live up to the expectations he set, in fact, what I say to you is to try and rise above him, control your hatred and be even better!
Like he once mentioned in an interview, “I’m not at Manchester United to make friends.” There will always be only one Keano… let’s keep it to that!