Rio: Fergie is irreplaceable

The legendary Scot is entering his 25th year as the main man at Old

Trafford, and during that time he has returned the club to the

pinnacle of English and European football. He has landed countless

honours during his reign, with the 2010/11 Premier League title

seeing United overtake arch-rivals Liverpool as the most successful

side in English top-flight history. Much of Ferguson’s success can

be put down to his ability to identify new recruits and bring the

best out of them. Ferdinand is undoubtedly one of his best pieces

of business down the years, with the centre-half providing full

value for money despite boasting a £30million price tag. The

England international has spent almost a decade marshalling the Red

Devils’ back four and he admits that life at Old Trafford would not

be the same without Ferguson leading the club forward. Speculation

as to how much longer he can go on for continues to rage, but

Ferdinand hopes it will be long after he finishes playing before

Ferguson finally decides to slip into retirement. “I don’t see the

club without the boss,” he told the Jakarta Globe. “I like how the

manager works and we enjoy being with him. “I hope he can stay

longer than all of us.” Numerous names have been offered up as

potential successors to Ferguson, but Ferdinand is not convinced

that there is anybody working in management at the moment that

could fill his shoes. He added: “It’s difficult to imagine (United

without Ferguson). I think being the manager of Manchester United

is the hardest job in the world. “You could say this man or that

man, but when they get there they may crumble or fail. It’s hard to

say.”