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16/05/2011 10:30

Papers: Sir Alex is greatest

Fergie is above Paisley and Shankly
Sir Alex Ferguson is the best British manager there has ever been. And coming from my mouth, that is saying something because of the rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool. Bob Paisley was the best I played under at Liverpool and when he took over people said he wouldn’t last long, couldn’t repeat Bill Shankly’s success and yet Paisley went onto become even more successful. Great managers like Paisley and Shankly seemed to have made Liverpool’s history untouchable. Overtaking Liverpool’s incredible haul of titles seemed a long, long way off when Fergie took over at Old Trafford nearly 25 years ago. But it has been a remarkable achievement to reach 19 titles, establish United as the most successful club in English football history and they can still finish the season as Double winners by lifting the Champions League trophy. Ferguson has not shied away from difficulties, he’s built four if not five great United teams, handled big names like Cantona, Beckham, Ronaldo, Rooney and this season has only proved once again just what a great manager he is.
Mark Lawrenson, The Mirror

In transfer speculation, David Gill has revealed the search for Edwin van der Sar’s successor at Old Trafford is over. United’s chief executive is quoted in The Telegraph: “We know the keeper we want. We are in a good situation with that and it will progress at the end of the season. It is not as though it is a surprise that Edwin is retiring. We have made the decision and I am sure we can get the deal done.”

One player who looks unlikely to be joining United, however, is Manuel Neuer who appears to be on the brink of signing for Bayern Munich after their boss Uli Hoeness claimed a deal has been done for the Schalke goalkeeper.

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