The Sir Alex Ferguson Way: Wes Brown Iterates How The Legendary Manager Got Out The Best From Players

The world of football was taken by shock when they heard that legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to be rushed for emergency surgery last week. The ** year-old was rushed to the hospital after suffering from a brain haemorrhage.

Sir Alex is now believed to be showing early signs of recovery and nobody really is surprised given the fight that he has always been known for.

Far away in India, Wes Brown – the man he once labeled as the 'best natural defender', spoke about that the image that Sir Alex Ferguson has in the world and how that is really nowhere near what he is in person.   

Speaking to Penalty Kick an event to promote Manchester United’s ‘Destination United’ experience in Bangalore, Brown stated, “Sir Alex isn’t always angry like he is made out to be. He just knows what he wants out of the team and every individual during the game and tries to get that out of him/them.

“I have had my share of those moments (when Sir Alex tore into him) and he saved it for the important moments. He knew when to get under my skin to get the best out of me.

“If you have not played well in the first half, you are definitely going to get that. If you played well too, you might still get it some other way. It was important that we kept our focus and continue what we're doing in the second half.”

Strengthening in the summer

Manchester United have failed to mount any serious challenge for the Premier League title since Sir Alex left the club and even after spending generously in the transfer window under Jose Mourinho, the club seems still a long way from Manchester City’s pedigree.

He, however, doesn’t feel that Manchester United have shied away from their core beliefs and is of the impression that Mourinho shouldn’t be judged on the basis of how Sir Alex managed the team.

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Brown, in fact, seemed happy about the progress at the club under the ‘Special One’ and expects more serious action at Old Trafford in the summer.

“We're second in the league this year and in the final of the FA Cup. He's doing a good job. It's shame he can't fit and play all the players. But that's football,” quipped Brown.

The 38-year-old feels that United will challenge for the title next season and expects to be another busy summer at Old Trafford.

“The manager has a certain plan and after this one, Mourinho certainly would want to bring in some new names to challenge for the title.

“That also means that there will be a few who will be making way – who we don’t know,” Brown added.

The ISL and the Indian experience

Brown put on the colours of the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League last season. And whilst the whole season was a disappointing one for the men in yellow, the former Sunderland man was left impressed with the direction that Indian football was heading.

While the ISL has come under the scanner due to many of its practices, the defender preached patience with the league which is only four years old.

“I enjoyed my time at Kerala. The lads are great you know. They understand the game. Obviously, the ISL is not the Premier League but it's different. Hopefully through the years, you can get the quality and the high standards better. In general, the preparations in the ISL and Premier League are same before any game. The lads wanna do well. Practice and time is needed now and in a few years, they will get better and do the same for the national team as well.”

The former Manchester United man, however, preached that Indians should look to get into football much earlier and start off at a much younger age – just like what Cricket is doing at the moment.

“Hundred per cent it needs to be like that. It was different when I was younger. We started football like you start cricket here – from a young age. We start kicking the ball when we're three or four years old and that's not established yet here.

“Cricket is the No 1 sport here. Once it gets going, you will see the difference young players as they go up. The basic things like dribbling and ball control come naturally without thinking and the standard will get higher.”

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