Sir Alex Ferguson: Grateful for the Extra Years After Brain Haemorrhage

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Sir Alex Ferguson in 1977 with wife Cathy and twins Jason and Darren Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Manchester United, expresses his gratitude for the additional years he feels he has been given...

Sir Alex Ferguson with wife Cathy and twins Jason and Darren Sir Alex Ferguson in 1977 with wife Cathy and twins Jason and Darren

Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Manchester United, expresses his gratitude for the additional years he feels he has been given following his survival of a brain haemorrhage in 2018. In the documentary "Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In," directed by his son Jason, he shares his journey both on and off the pitch, the support of his family, and his recovery from the health scare. Ferguson believes that audiences may be surprised by his portrayal in the film, realizing that he is a human being beyond his managerial persona.

A Terrifying Experience

Ferguson, who underwent emergency surgery for his brain haemorrhage, reveals his fear of losing his memory and voice. He considers himself lucky and credits the speech therapist who helped him regain his ability to communicate. Reflecting on the ordeal, Ferguson shares that it has changed his perspective on life. He appreciates the three extra years he has had and the vulnerability he now recognizes.

Never Losing Sight of His Roots

Sir Alex Ferguson with wife Cathy and twins Jason and Darren Sir Alex Ferguson in 1977 with wife Cathy and twins Jason and Darren

The documentary delves into Ferguson's working-class background and his Glasgow roots. It showcases rare footage of him leading an apprentice march in Glasgow in 1960, fighting for better conditions for shipyard workers. Ferguson recognizes the importance of the values instilled in him during his upbringing, emphasizing their enduring impact. While he always focused on looking forward as a manager, the film allowed him to reflect on his past achievements and experiences.

The Importance of Dreams and Competition

Ferguson emphasizes the significance of dreams and the competitive nature of football. He opposes the idea of a sealed-off European Super League that only caters to the wealthiest clubs. Ferguson believes that every club should have the opportunity to achieve greatness, citing his own achievements with Aberdeen, a provincial club. He passionately states that football's essence lies in the fact that even the smallest underdog can rise to the top.

The Changing Landscape of Football

Pep Guardiola in charge of Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final against Manchester United Pep Guardiola guided Barcelona to victory against Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final

When asked if he would find it harder to manage in today's game, Ferguson believes that he possessed the personality and drive necessary to succeed in any era. However, he acknowledges that modern players require more care and that the protective nature of their lives has changed the dynamics of management. Ferguson expresses his admiration for Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, recognizing their contributions to the sport despite the obstacles they face.

Praise for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford

Ferguson commends Manchester United's current manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for his successful tenure and his commitment to giving young players opportunities. He highly values the tradition of introducing young talents at Manchester United and believes it to be a crucial aspect of the club's foundation. Ferguson also expresses immense pride in Marcus Rashford, the United striker, for his campaign advocating for free school meals. He sees Rashford as an exemplary role model for the younger generation of players.

In conclusion, Sir Alex Ferguson's documentary provides a profound insight into his life, both on and off the pitch. It showcases his gratitude for the extra years he has been granted, the importance of dreams, and the evolving nature of football. Through his experiences, Ferguson imparts valuable lessons and celebrates the achievements of those who have made a positive impact in the sport.

Watch 'Sir Alex Ferguson: Football and Family' on BBC iPlayer


Original article available at: BBC Sport

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