Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Formidable Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson has built such an aura of invincibility around Manchester United in the past two decades that the team's early exit from the Champions League competition comes as a shock.

But it is clear that this is a team in transition, a team with too many players who cannot play at the standard expected at Old Trafford.

There is no doubt that Sir Alex faces a severe challenge but he is a manager without peer in the modern game given his longevity with the club. He has rebuilt numerous sides, always making them ultra competitive and successful, and it would be a brave person who would bet against him working his magic again. Certainly he will lead from the front.

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