Why are Manchester United fans writing off Sir Alex Ferguson again?
THE DAILY BUNG'S LUNCHTIME HEADLINES Owen Coyle has had enough of freezing northern winters and decided to move south 24 miles south, in fact to sunny Bolton. Is Coyle right? Have your say here ... Champions League draw: Jose Mourinho back as Manchester United draw Inter MilanIt's not so sunny in Manchester, however, where the first interesting League Cup match since Nottingham Forest beat Luton 3-1 at Wembley in 1989 has been postponed. The Eastlands pitch apparently looks like Amy Winehouse has sneezed all over it. Blackburn-Villa has also gone, but Stoke-Fulham, as we speak, is still on. Arsenal have confirmed that Cesc Fabregas will be tucked up in the warm until February. And Roberto Mancini is apparently set to spend £150,000 a week on Patrick Vieira, a once great player who lost his legs at some point in 2007. Another great day for the Premier League.... ---- YESTERDAY'S MAN PLANS GREAT ESCAPE No. 346 Sir Alex Ferguson is the worst manager of the decade by a country mile. Utterly dreadful. Under Fergie, Manchester United have been knocked out of every competition they've played, without scoring a single goal in the process. His apologists will bang on about three successive titles, back-to-back Champions League finals, World Club champions blah blah blah. But that's history. Watch the DVDs if that's what you're into. Since the turn of the decade, United have been easy prey for their bitterest rivals, even those in League One. IT'S TIME FOR HIM TO GO! OK, perhaps The Bung's paraphrasing slightly, but those sentiments won't be unfamiliar to anyone who's spoken to a United fan, read a message board or listened to a phone-in since the defeat against Leeds. One of their group even made it onto MUTV to demand Ferguson's resignation. Fergie was labelled 'Yesterday's Man' by one particularly unkind sub-editor this morning (unkind, that is, towards his paper's United correspondent). If they lose another game, we can expect an official Fleet Street confirmation that Manchester United triple champions led by the greatest manager the game's seen are now a club in crisis. So what's going on here? Have iPhones, BlackBerrys and the X-factor obliterated our capacity to recall anything that happened more than nine seconds ago? Or are United fans essentially a bunch of nasty swearwords who don't know they're born? Whatever the reason, it's clear some folk don't realise that writing off Ferguson is akin to doubting 24's Jack Bauer. The uninitiated would see Bauer chained to the floor while 300 terrorists point RPGs at his soft bits and think "he's struggling here". But if, like the Bung, you've seen seven series of the show, you survey that same scene, lean back gently in your chair and say: "If I were you, Ahmed, I'd put down that machine gun and get out of there sharpish." And with United two points off top spot, it's a lesson all Fergie-doubters would do well to heed.
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