Manchester United: The Future What Then?

Red Army ManchesterCorrespondent IApril 12, 2010

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: A Manchester United Fan chants during the Barclays Premier League Match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United at Ewood Park on April 11, 2010 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Back in the day, it was always a very close season, either United or Liverpool and of course Arsenal were always closely linked at the top of the table. 

Then a revolution came along, with the introduction of Alex Ferguson in the 80's, a man so driven, even in his early days as "The Boss" you just knew he was going places.

He was hellbound on taking Manchester United to the very top, hence the phrase "knock Liverpool off their f-ing perch" which of course he has done many, many times since.

The real problem with all that, is it's very hard to maintain that pace all the time, as much as United gained the upper hand over the years and raced away, (very similar to Ferrari in F1), slowly the other teams rebuilt their systems to follow suit. 

Now, of course slowly, season by season these teams have finally caught United up again, it has taken awhile but the result is a premiership that is second to none anywhere in the world.

Manchester United over these years have enjoyed a more or less free reign, mostly unstoppable but now it really is time for the much needed injection, of new idea's and technology to help rebuild the flagship of the Premier League, reform her and take her racing again into the future.

It's the only way that continued success can be maintained for the next 20 years, by simply leading the way again, showing the world, we are not finished but we are just re-grouping, formalizing a new strategy and getting ready to move forward in a way, that it might well just take another 15-20 years before others catch us again.

Just not sure if I am really honest, who will be at the helm of the flagship, Alex Ferguson is god in my eyes but can he move us onward again?

Truthfully I really don't know but I really secretly hope he can now help to mould her into a new streamlined version of what we have now and then possibly hand her over to new hands but not just any new hands, into the hands of someone who will love and guide her in the same passionate way, just like he has done over the years and thereby insuring the legacy, that strives not just for glory but also to be the best it can be and leads where some people fear to tread.