Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Man Utd fan who wanted Ferguson sacked gives Solskjaer, Van Gaal, Mourinho thoughts | Football | Sport


Manchester United supporter Pete Molyneux unfurled a banner in 1989 saying: “Three years of excuses and it’s still crap… Ta ra Fergie.”

That picture has now become iconic. Ferguson was under pressure at the time but recovered to win 13 Premier League and two Champions League titles before retiring in 2013.

Now, United are in a similarly despairing state. Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace means the Red Devils are already five points behind defending Premier League champions and fans are anticipating a rocky campaign ahead.

Yet Molyneux has provided his backing to Solskjaer and compared him to predecessors Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.

“I certainly won’t be going to the shed for the black paint,” he told The Athletic.

“I have a season ticket and it is a tough time. All I really want to see is United return to an attacking style and be entertained when I travel away.

“We like what Ole says about power and pace, shock and awe.

“We saw some of that against Chelsea and Wolves but none of that against Palace.

“We were like Arsenal on Saturday, passing it one way and the next. You need urgency.

“United will recover eventually and we all hope it will be Ole.

“Listen to him talk. He understands what it means to all of us.

“Van Gaal was starting to get it, I thought, but he was cheesing us all off too much.

“Mourinho is into his own history rather than that of United. But the match-going fans will not turn on Ole.”

Molyneux also reveals that he never had the guts to tell Ferguson it was he who was behind the banner calling for the Scot to go.

“Fergie wrote in the matchday programme how it had been a dark day,” he added.

“When I met him in passing, I never had the gumption or balls to say I was him. He may have just thumped me!

“But I delivered the book [about the banner] to his house. Sir Alex was out but I dropped it with his gardener or housekeeper. It turned out Fergie was watching Andy Murray at Wimbledon that day.

“I never heard anything back. It is 30 years this November.

“Wouldn’t it make a great TV programme if MUTV (Manchester United’s television channel) brought us together for a cuppa? We could have a chat.

“I would hope he has forgiven me. I am in my 60s now, we were both hotheads back then!”



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