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Who Is The Greatest Re-Builder Of Them All ?

  • Sir Matt Busby

    Votes: 10 45.5%
  • Bill Shankly

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • Brian Clough

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Votes: 10 45.5%
  • Arsene Wenger

    Votes: 0 0.0%
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In answer to the question, Sir Matt. He took over United, a bombed out ground, no players, and in 3 years built a cup winning side. He then built another team which became the precursor of the famous babes which had been growing in Sir Matt's mind since day one of his reign.

After near death in the Munich crash, he came back and built another team which won the cup in 1963, a 5 year rebuild. He then adjusted it with imports including George Best and won the league in 65 and 67. 2 year and 3 year gap and then it all culminated in the crowning glory, the European cup of 68, Englands first ever Euro Cup.

But, the team lost some heart after that been there - done it - got the T Shirt, and Matt tried to keep the team going for another win in Europe but a bent referee put paid to that in the semi final of 69. The team never recovered and, instead of building a new one, it slid into oblivion, ending up getting relegated in 74.

Successive managers tried, and failed, to rebuild a team still under the massive shadow of the master builder, Matt Busby.

Fergie did not have to build from scratch, having inherited quite a few good players that Ron Atkinson had moulded into a good cup side and was improving in the league.

It took Fergie 6 years to win something, and then the class of 92 began to filter into the team and the rest, as they say, is history. Fergie has "rebuilt" four teams at United but all of them had the nucleus of the class of 92.
 

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Keano's fan said:
A small wondering about that era. From reading some of your posts I believe you can help me with this. I heard and read from some people who lived that era that sentimentality of Matt Busby hanging into the likes of Charlton, Law and Foulkes past their prime led to that decline. Do you agree with that ? And if you do what do you think about Giggsy getting a new contract ?

Sorry for going off topic btw
This is correct. There was too much sentimentality. Players were simply not performing, Best was doing his vanishing acts and others could not compete anymore. Giggs should be replaced; he no longer has the pace, only in short bursts, does not get 90% of his runs converted into crosses, and when he loses the ball, he stops - watch him!
 
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