Papers: All hail Sir Alex
Why everyone should bow down to Fergie
Much has changed since Peter Schmeichel won the Treble with Manchester United in 1999, but he says Sir Alex Ferguson is still the world’s best manager. Schmeichel is not surprised that Fergie is still winning titles, 12 years on from their historic Treble success. As United close in another Premier League and Champions League double, the Great Dane says Ferguson’s almost unerring eye for a player has been a key ingredient in his success. Schmeichel recalls how Dwight Yorke proved to be the final piece in United’s Treble-winning jigsaw, in a similar way to how Ferguson’s faith in Javier Hernandez has been well-placed this season. Schmeichel also claims no other manager is as good as Ferguson at developing a team and instilling the belief that they can beat anyone. “I regard him as the best manager in the world,” said the Dane. “When we won the Treble, he had been building the team for years, putting that kind of confidence in us. He made us believe we were the best team in world and had the right to win everything we competed for. That’s how good we were, no one was even close to us. When you have that kind of belief, a lot of things can happen – and they did.”David Anderson, Daily Mirror
Another former Red has paid tribute to the boss with Steve Bruce insisting Sir Alex would have guided any of the current top-four clubs to this season’s Premier League title. "He is a genius. He is the greatest ever," said Bruce. "I don’t think anyone will get close to his achievements.” The Daily Mail feature quotes from Sir Alex who has revealed how he turned down the opportunity to be Arsenal manager just months before taking over at Old Trafford in 1986.
In other news, the Mail claims Liverpool have jumped ahead of United in the race to sign Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, while the paper also reckons the Reds will lose out on their bid to sign Everton's Jack Rodwell to Manchester City.