#NewsBytesAnalysis: What makes Sir Alex Ferguson special?Last updated on Nov 12, 2019, 05:25 pm
When it comes to football, there have been a number of successful managers who have blessed the sport.
While there is a debate as to who can be considered the greatest of all time, most of the experts believe Sir Alex Ferguson qualifies as the one.
Considered as the godfather of Manchester United, we analyze the qualities which make him the GOAT.
His self-confidence earned him the trust of his followers
It was his confidence as well as knowledge and managerial skills that allowed him to lead the club to the top level.
Notably, his belief in his abilities forced the United directors to stick with him, even during tough times.
This was particularly evident during the 1989-90 season, when supporters demanded him being sacked after United finished just outside the relegation zone.
His emotional intelligence influenced people
One of the remarkable qualities that Ferguson possess is his emotional quotient to connect with footballers.
He was known to talk to the players privately and explain his decision, even if he was dropping a player.
"I have been dropped from a Cup final in Scotland as a player at ten past two, so I know what it feels like," he had once said.
Always investing in youth
Ferguson was known to take risks especially when it came to backing youngsters.
More than relying on the formula of bringing in top players by spending millions in the transfer market, Ferguson ensured that he roped in young footballers and groom them. This strategy paid dividends.
Notably, Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the fine examples, as he ended up as one of the legends.
Calm under pressure
Calmness is the key to rational thinking
As said before, there were a number of incidents when the club was not performing well.
While the directors still chose to stick to him, it was also because of his ability to stay calm under pressure situations.
In case one remembers, it was in 2001, when United were trailing 0-3 at half-time against Tottenham Hotspur, as Ferguson ensured a remarkable 5-3 comeback win.
Some records held by Ferguson with United
Following are some of the records held by Ferguson:
He holds the record of leading the side to the biggest win in the Premier League (9-0), against Ipswich Town.
He holds the record of most EPL wins with United (500-plus).
He is the only manager in the EPL to have won three consecutive championship titles, twice.
He has won the most EPL titles (13).