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5 reasons why Sir Alex is the greatest manager of all time

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17.06K   //    07 May 2018, 12:45 IST

Aston Villa v Manchester United - Premier League
Sir Alex Ferguson is arguably the greatest manager of all time

Ever since football was established as a sport, it has witnessed some of the greatest tactical minds in its illustrious history. Sir Matt Busby, Arrigo Sacchi, Johan Cruyff, Bob Paisley Bill Shankly and many more; these men changed the beautiful game with their revolutionary thinking.

Another name that joins this pantheon of greats is that of Sir Alex Ferguson. The legendary Manchester United boss has gone down as one of the most brilliant tacticians ever to grace the beautiful game; his impressive haul of 38 trophies in 49 years as a manager stands a testament to his unrivalled greatness.

But, there isn't a scarcity of successful managers who have won titles in abundance. Why then, should you consider Sir Alex as the GOAT?

Each one has had their respective style of management that has made them write history. If that's the case, how and why does the Scottish gaffer make a cut above the rest?

Let's have a look.

#5 He was an excellent decision-maker

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United - Premier League
Sir Alex was a gifted decision-maker

One of the greatest qualities of any leader is his ability to make decisions that bring changes and turn situations into his favour. You will hardly see a good general without fine decision-making abilities.

When it comes to the pitch, Sir Alex was far too well-known for his intelligent substitutions that changed the course of the game in his favour loads of times. Of the countless times he amazed us with his decisions, none of them remains as fresh as the double substitution against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer replaced Andy Cole and Dwight, eventually pulling out one of the greatest comebacks the football world has ever seen.

What's more, the Scot also displayed courage in making a couple of tough decisions, displaying a great strength of character and his unchallenged authority.


He sold David Beckham, an absolute fan favourite and a vital part of his set up, showing that no player can be greater than the club itself. He let go of Rudd Van Nistelrooy in order to pave the way for an 18-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo to make it into the first team.

True enough, his peerless decision-making is a vital reason why he is counted amongst the best in the sport.

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