Why Sir Alex's Book Might Not Provide All the Answers for Manchester United Fans

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentOctober 21, 2013

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson applauds the crowd after his 1,500th and final match in charge of the club following the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on May 19, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Sir Alex Ferguson's eagerly-anticipated book will take centre stage when it's released on Tuesday.

Chelsea and Arsenal are both playing in the Champions League. David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini will face the press ahead of their games on Wednesday.

But they won't get top billing.

It's the first time Ferguson has published a book since his previous autobiography, Managing My Life, was released in 1999 in the aftermath of United's treble-winning season.

But that was 14 years ago and an awful lot has happened.

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There's the high-profile departures of David Beckham, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo.

There's the bust-ups with Arsene Wenger, Rafael Benitez and Roy Keane.

There's the players he tried to sign but couldn't like Xavi, Ronaldinho, Karim Benzema and Wesley Sneijder.

And there's his thoughts on the new money at Chelsea and Manchester City.

All are interesting topics, some worthy of a book of their own.

But the issue United fans really want to know about is the Glazer family's takeover in 2005 and it's monumental repercussions.

It's had such a huge impact on the club—it led a group of dissenting fans to set up FC United of Manchester in protest and saddled the club with millions of pounds of debt—that Ferguson can not ignore it completely.

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The fans want to know about his row with John Magnier over the racehorse Rock of Gibraltar that set the wheels in motion for Malcolm Glazer to launch his bid for control.

They want to know whether Ferguson really was in favour and what he really thought of the Americans. They want to know whether he really did have the money he needed to invest in the squad. They want to know it all, every last gory detail.

But whether they will or not is another matter.

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Ferguson might not be the manager at Old Trafford, but he's still a director and ambassador paid by the club. Paid by the Glazer family. After all, it's never advisable to slag off the boss, as some of Ferguson's players have discovered to their cost.

His involvement at Old Trafford also makes discussion of current players and staff a sensitive issue. What really happened with Wayne Rooney at the end of last season?

How close did Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho come to landing the United job after Ferguson made the decision to retire? Was Moyes really the only candidate?

They are questions as big as the ones about Beckham, Stam and Ronaldo, but ones Ferguson is not yet as free to talk about.

It means supporters might have to wait a little longer for the answers they really want.