Sir Alex, David Gill and Bryan Robson have been brought in to advise Richard Arnold on a wide range of club matters

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Fair. I don't think SAF would put himself in the firing line of supporters group meetings and I would hope the club wouldn't dare ask him to! The suits in charge get the big bucks, they're the ones who make the decisions, they need to face up and deal with things themselves.
To be honest, I find that quite a bizarre statement. Sir Alex grew up in the ship yards of Glasgow and battled his way to the top of a mans game (no offence lionesses) & I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have any problems meeting with a bunch of prawn sandwich eating (no offence Roy) United fans keen to express some dissatisfaction with the way things currently are! They'd hand-pick the audience anyway, they wouldn't let me in, that's for sure!

P.S. You say: "The suits in charge get the big bucks, they're the ones who make the decisions, they need to face up...." well last I heard Sir Alex was on 4 million pounds a year, so what are the 'suits in charge' getting?
 
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To be honest, I find that quite a bizarre statement. Sir Alex grew up in the ship yards of Glasgow and battled his way to the top of a mans game (no offence lionesses) & I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have any problems meeting with a bunch of prawn sandwich eating (no offence Roy) United fans keen to express some dissatisfaction with the way things currently are! They'd hand-pick the audience anyway, they wouldn't let me in, that's for sure!

P.S. You say: "The suits in charge get the big bucks, they're the ones who make the decisions, they need to face up...." well last I heard Sir Alex was on £4 million a year, so what are the 'suits in charge' getting?
Please. He didn't get involved with confrontations with fans when he was the manager. He's now in a CONSULTANCY role, he's in his 80s, he's not in a position of power or responsibility - he's not going to suddenly decide to shield the MANAGEMENT from confrontations with fans about the MANAGEMENT.

Consultants consult, managers manage. This is exactly the sort of overdramatic, emotional insanity that SAF would have no interest in engaging with.
 

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Did he? I never saw any of that myself.

The idea of this think tank being actively involved with supporters is a bit daft. The idea with this kind of role is usually that they have an awareness due to the time they spent with said fan base of what they want, so are there to advise the current incumbent as to how things are likely to play out. Making sure the optics are in keeping with “Manchester United Values”, it’s largely a load of fluff, but having input of folk who were involved with a successful regime isn’t a bad thing unless their words hold too much power, as of right now we’ve no way of knowing.

Let’s be honest here as well, this sounds like exactly the kind of thing Ralf was to be doing. Chances are he was just another person that would be in this think tank, not that he’d have been on his own. Ralf however never managed to enamour himself to the fans, or the players, or well anyone so when he got a full time job elsewhere it made more sense to just let him go.
I was referring to this sort of thing:

"Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has lifted the lid on Ralf Rangnick's demand to “cut out” negative body language..."

See - https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/man-utd-mctominay-rangnick-neville-25820962

I laughed out loud when I read this: "Ralf however never managed to enamour himself to the fans, or the players!!!" this is just so typical of the problems in the club today. New guy comes in, tells the players to take pride in wearing the United shirt and stop grumbling all the time (probably tightened things up in training too, to improve fitness) and the players were not very enamoured by that! I suppose Ryan Giggs and Lee Sharpe weren't very happy when Sir Alex called them out for going to a party in Stockport, back in the eighties, but did they throw their toys out, down tools? Of course they didn't, but in 2022 if King Ronaldo and Prince Fernandes and Sir Lord Rashford don't quite like to be told what to do (and to keep smiling whilst doing it) then you are fcked.
 

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Whoever is against SAF being brought in, In any capacity, is a total and utter ingratiate.*

Like it or not, there are two people bigger than Manchester United: Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson. Those two virtually created Manchester United.

if they want to make Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Emporer. Giving him his own throne and golden leafy diadem. Giving him dominion over everything from matchday snacks to signings. I'm all for it.

I dare say, the people who are against this are the type of Manchester United fans are either the "Fergie, out!" brigade of the 80s, and never got over it, or they are kids who have no idea who SAF is.

*Don't even get me started on the "Sir Alex Ferguson's biggest mistakes" thread. Very respectful.
 

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I was referring to this sort of thing:

"Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has lifted the lid on Ralf Rangnick's demand to “cut out” negative body language..."

See - https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/man-utd-mctominay-rangnick-neville-25820962

I laughed out loud when I read this: "Ralf however never managed to enamour himself to the fans, or the players!!!" this is just so typical of the problems in the club today. New guy comes in, tells the players to take pride in wearing the United shirt and stop grumbling all the time (probably tightened things up in training too, to improve fitness) and the players were not very enamoured by that! I suppose Ryan Giggs and Lee Sharpe weren't very happy when Sir Alex called them out for going to a party in Stockport, back in the eighties, but did they throw their toys out, down tools? Of course they didn't, but in 2022 if King Ronaldo and Prince Fernandes and Sir Lord Rashford don't quite like to be told what to do (and to keep smiling whilst doing it) then you are fcked.
So you think that throwing players under the bus is good management technique do you? Just generally acting like a dick to everyone? Believe it or not you need to give people something to buy into to up their performance, and being a dick to them is very rarely going to have that effect.

He was a fecking catastrophe and only has himself to blame that the club were more than happy to hold the door open for him and make sure it hit him on the way out.
 

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I just finished reading The Promised Land by Daniel Harris - the story of the treble season.
There’s a lot in there that shows that whilst football has changed in some ways in many ways the same attitudes and principles bring success. There’s a great quote from David James that I thought I’d share as I think it shows that there are things that United stopped doing and which would be worth bringing back. The type of principles that the likes of SAF could advise on:

David James recalls his experience of the culture through time spent away with England, and how the United players would police themselves, supporting one another to the fullest extent.

"All those hours of sitting around.… and not once did any United player ever reveal anything to me about their team-mates, their dressing room or their manager. In an industry renowned for its gossip I find that
extraordinary... Even when the media reported chaos in the United dressing room... there were no comments from the United boys. There were plenty of questions, of course. But their answers were only ever
vague, or meaningless. It all contributed to that sense of separation:

there were United players, and then there was the rest of us."
 

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I just finished reading The Promised Land by Daniel Harris - the story of the treble season.
There’s a lot in there that shows that whilst football has changed in some ways in many ways the same attitudes and principles bring success. There’s a great quote from David James that I thought I’d share as I think it shows that there are things that United stopped doing and which would be worth bringing back. The type of principles that the likes of SAF could advise on:

David James recalls his experience of the culture through time spent away with England, and how the United players would police themselves, supporting one another to the fullest extent.

"All those hours of sitting around.… and not once did any United player ever reveal anything to me about their team-mates, their dressing room or their manager. In an industry renowned for its gossip I find that
extraordinary... Even when the media reported chaos in the United dressing room... there were no comments from the United boys. There were plenty of questions, of course. But their answers were only ever
vague, or meaningless. It all contributed to that sense of separation:

there were United players, and then there was the rest of us."
That was an excellent book. And we got to hear some details that we hadn't before about the 99 campaigns.
If you get a chance - and if you can get your hands on it - i recommend Daniel Taylor's "This is the One" 2007 book on Ferguson, which is by far the best United-related book I have ever read, detailing the dark days in the mid-2000's when Ferguson was castigated by the press and questions regarding his continuity were circling around, to him turning it all around, knocking Chelsea off their perch while spending a fraction of their budget as he developed the next great United team (possibly his best every United team).
 

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That was an excellent book. And we got to hear some details that we hadn't before about the 99 campaigns.
If you get a chance - and if you can get your hands on it - i recommend Daniel Taylor's "This is the One" 2007 book on Ferguson, which is by far the best United-related book I have ever read, detailing the dark days in the mid-2000's when Ferguson was castigated by the press and questions regarding his continuity were circling around, to him turning it all around, knocking Chelsea off their perch while spending a fraction of their budget as he developed the next great United team (possibly his best every United team).
awesome - hadn’t heard of that one. Will check it out! Thanks very much
 

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So, I have read loads of threads on here in the last 24 hours, about how the players are still crap, but not the new ones, that we should have kept Ralf Rangnick or maybe we shouldn't have, that the manager messed up playing a false 9, but he will be OK really because he's a much better manager than RR. Ronaldo should definitely go, except when he came on he was good, so maybe he should stay (cos he's better than Arnautovic who's said 'No' to us anyway) and Rashford's a busted flush - he's basically the new Januzaj, but with an MBE.... and so on and so forth.

But I'm sorry to have to say this, nobody has mentioned the one constant in the post-Ferguson era and that is..... Sir Alex Ferguson.

There it was again today (if you saw the game on Sky) Gross goal goes in and the camera finds a) CR7 and then b) SAF. Nobody likes to have their first day at work scrutinised by the old Boss, but it always happens at United. Every bloody time. Now, unlike in the past, he is not just there in some ceremonial Ambassadors role or Associate Director. No, because from two weeks ago he was brought back to assist in some way.... in what way I'm not sure, can anyone tell me? But I can assure you of this, whatever it is, it didn't help today & I bet it never involves criticism of the Glazers or Ronaldo or David Moyes or The Rock of Gibraltar & a multitude of other things.

I'm sick of it. Finally, in December '21 we actually did something new and innovative (very new actually, probably the 1st 'interim manager' in footballing history) but it was the right idea; Ralf Rangnick was involved in the invention of 'gengenpress' afterall and he spotted that i) United needed many new players and ii) Ronaldo should go, but the board didn't like the sound of i) and the accountants probably didn't like the sound of ii). So he was 'let go' by mutual agreement (ha) and what is put in his place?

Bryan Robson, Alex Ferguson and David Gill. It's like 'Back to the Future' and we are back in 1986, will this club never learn? Things have moved on, football has moved on. United need to move on.
 

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If you can't manage a football team because of one old man sitting in a crowd of 80 thousand watching you once a week, you shouldn't be managing Manchester United.
 

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So, I have read loads of threads on here in the last 24 hours, about how the players are still crap, but not the new ones, that we should have kept Ralf Rangnick or maybe we shouldn't have, that the manager messed up playing a false 9, but he will be OK really because he's a much better manager than RR. Ronaldo should definitely go, except when he came on he was good, so maybe he should stay (cos he's better than Arnautovic who's said 'No' to us anyway) and Rashford's a busted flush - he's basically the new Januzaj, but with an MBE.... and so on and so forth.

But I'm sorry to have to say this, nobody has mentioned the one constant in the post-Ferguson era and that is..... Sir Alex Ferguson.

There it was again today (if you saw the game on Sky) Gross goal goes in and the camera finds a) CR7 and then b) SAF. Nobody likes to have their first day at work scrutinised by the old Boss, but it always happens at United. Every bloody time. Now, unlike in the past, he is not just there in some ceremonial Ambassadors role or Associate Director. No, because from two weeks ago he was brought back to assist in some way.... in what way I'm not sure, can anyone tell me? But I can assure you of this, whatever it is, it didn't help today & I bet it never involves criticism of the Glazers or Ronaldo or David Moyes or The Rock of Gibraltar & a multitude of other things.

I'm sick of it. Finally, in December '21 we actually did something new and innovative (very new actually, probably the 1st 'interim manager' in footballing history) but it was the right idea; Ralf Rangnick was involved in the invention of 'gengenpress' afterall and he spotted that i) United needed many new players and ii) Ronaldo should go, but the board didn't like the sound of i) and the accountants probably didn't like the sound of ii). So he was 'let go' by mutual agreement (ha) and what is put in his place?

Bryan Robson, Alex Ferguson and David Gill. It's like 'Back to the Future' and we are back in 1986, will this club never learn? Things have moved on, football has moved on. United need to move on.
I said years ago that the whole board should be sacked. I included the two knights of the realm in that but Sir Bobby's health situation should now save him (although I presume he's not well enough to do anything). the whole lot stink and have done for ages