Sir Alex Ferguson Lauds Alex Iwobi

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits he has been impressed with the performance of Alex Iwobi for Arsenal this season.

Since breaking into Arsenal’s first team last season, Iwobi has become an integral member of Arsene Wenger’s side.

Though yet to score this season, the Super Eagles forward has already provided three assists.

In Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Chelsea in September, the 20-year-old bagged the man of the match award.

Ferguson, who won a record 13 Premier League titles as United manager, believes the former England junior international has helped to make Arsenal title contenders this term.

“You shouldn’t forget Arsenal (in the title race),” Ferguson was quoted as saying by metro.co.uk.

“The team is more sturdy, they’ve got better and more aggressive. I’m impressed with the young boy Iwobi.”

Read Letter An 11 Year Old Boy Sent To Former Man Utd Boss, Sir Alex Ferguson Criticizing His Methods And Fergie Replied

It seems the legendary former Manchester United manager is more receptive to criticism than we all thought, after an 11 year old boy who sent a letter to him in 2005 got a reply from him thanking him for supporting the club.

The boy now 21 released pictures of the letter online this week. Back in 2005, 11 year-old Paul Golah was given a task at school where he had to write a letter to a famous person. Paul chose Sir Alex Ferguson but as you can see here, this was not going to be any ordinary, fawning attempt to get an autograph. Paul decided to tell Sir Alex his mind straightaway. See Sir Alex’s response below…

 

Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals His Biggest Mistake At Man Utd

The Scot believes his decision to announce his retirement at the start of the 2001-02 season had a major impact on the mentality of his staff and players

Sir Alex Ferguson admits one of his biggest mistakes at Manchester United was revealing that he would retire in 2002 before the season had finished.

The Scot subsequently reversed his decision to call time on his reign at Old Trafford but eventually retired in 2013 having won 38 trophies with the club.

“It’s important to listen to your staff. In 2005, that period we didn’t win anything, just before that I had an attempted retirement, and I think that affected everyone,” Ferguson told ESPN.

“It was a mistake, and my wife and my three sons changed my attitude towards it and I started to think.

“The biggest mistake I made was announcing it at the start of the [2001-02] season, and I think a lot of them had put their tools away; they thought, ‘Oh, the manager’s leaving,’ but when I changed my mind in the January, I started thinking about United again and how we could get back on top.

“After that is when [Wayne] Rooney and [Cristiano] Ronaldo came to the club and we had to regenerate everyone. The youth side of it, the scouts; we’d gone to sleep. Strangely enough, the period from there on has been glorious; it’s been fantastic with the numbers of league titles we won.

“The moments you don’t win anything register very strongly with Manchester United.”

Ferguson Reveals His ‘Saddest Case’ At Man Utd

The Scot admits selling Ravel Morrison was “very painful” and believes the midfielder was one of the most naturally talented players he had ever signed

Sir Alex Ferguson admits it was “very painful” to sell Ravel Morrison and admits the midfielder is “the saddest case” he had at Manchester United.

Morrison emerged as one of the brightest stars in United’s youth team but failed to make a Premier League appearance before he joined West Ham in 2012.

Morrison’s problems off the field played a key role in his Old Trafford exit but Ferguson believes the 22-year-old, who now plays for Lazio, was one of the most naturally talented players he had ever signed.

“Sadly, there are examples of players who have similar backgrounds to [Ryan] Giggs or Cristiano Ronaldo, who, despite enormous talent, just aren’t emotionally or mentally strong enough to overcome the hurts of their childhood and their inner demons,” Ferguson wrote in his new book ‘Leading’.

“Ravel Morrison might be the saddest case. He possessed as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed, but kept getting into trouble.

“It was very painful to sell him to West Ham in 2012 because he could have been a fantastic player. But, over a period of years, the problems off the pitch continued to escalate and we had little option but to cut the cord.”

Redknapp: Bale Is Like Ronaldo – But He Must Sort Himself Out

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says Gareth Bale still reminds him of Cristiano Ronaldo, despite his current struggles at Real Madrid, but says he must “sort himself out”.

The 25-year-old has been booed by his own fans and criticised by the Spanish press on multiple occasions this season after an inconsistent run of form since the turn of the year.

Redknapp signed Bale from Southampton for Tottenham in 2007 and turned him from a left-back to a winger, and insisted last week that the Welshman remains one of the top five players in the world.

However, Redknapp believes Bale needs the freedom to roam if he is to return to his best.

He told AS: “For me, he’s like Cristiano. You’ve got to give him the ball; once he gets it, he’ll gain a yard, then two and put himself in a position where he can shoot with the kind of power that no one has – or dribble through defences which is something that only a few players do in today’s game. I’d give him all the freedom in the world.

“Both of them are players who like to roam freely, Bale slightly behind… They are players who feel more comfortable without any tactical restrictions. It would be amazing to see them both at full speed, 30 or 40 yards out and sprinting towards goal, running at defences.”

Redknapp has also refuted suggestions that Bale has encountered difficulties because of his inability to perform in the same team as Ronaldo, with the 68-year-old pointing to his performances last season as evidence.

He added: “When he left to join Madrid, I did worry that he might be left in Cristiano’s shadow. But he did well last season; playing in the role he was given. He scored some extraordinary goals.

“This year, I see he’s getting criticised. He has never received this amount of attention and maybe that’s affected him a little. But he’s got to get over it, be strong and believe that he can turn his situation around.”

Bale’s problems have drawn comparisons with his start to life at Tottenham, where he went 24 games before winning a game in the side, and Redknapp has warned the Wales international he must show great character if he is to bounce back.

“He needs to work hard, learn the language. He’s got to dive in head first,” he added. “It’s no good for him to be going over whether it would be better if he came back home. He’s at one of the greatest clubs in the world, if not the greatest. This is a man’s world and he’s got to sort himself out.

“Whenever he was a bit low and disheartened, I’d put my arms around his shoulders. ‘Give the ball to Gareth,’ I’d tell his team mates, in front of Gareth. ‘Today, every player out there was afraid of you,’ I’d tell him, ‘what a great player you are lad.’ I’d repeat that and Gareth would always respond well.”