Sir Alex Ferguson Way: the opening of Manchester United’s trail of silver, tears and vitriol
TODAY, Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson opened Sir Alex Ferguson Way, Trafford.
A Way? Surely Ferguson is more suited to Alex Ferguson Cross. Or Sir Alex Ferguson Passage. Or how about Sir Alex Ferguson Trail, a track of tears, beaten opponents (Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Roberto Mancini and many more), banned journalists, vanquished nations, abused match officials and even entire nations slighted: “When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure”; and “Typical Germans. It was only a slip, a slight tug at the boy, but they saw the opportunity and forced the referee. The ref wasn’t going to do anything, but they forced him to get a card out”?
A great winner. A terrific tactician. But Ferguson was the man for whom the phrase “incandescent with rage” might have been coined.
PS: The one great pity was that he never managed England. They’d have named a motorway after him.