Alex Ferguson has now been the boss at Manchester United for 25 years. Kenny Dalglish was asked about his thoughts on this and he responded by congratulating Ferguson and then highlighting why Fergie is still in the managerial hotseat at Old Trafford after such a long time, and it boils down to one do or die game for Fergie which had to go his way or else he was going to be sacked.
Dalglish said, “I don’t think you’d have seen Fergie lasting 25 years until Mark Robins scored a header at Notts Forest, so who knows? Whether anyone does it in the future is irrelevant – nobody can take away his achievement.”
So if it were not for Mark Robins, Fergie may not be at Manchester United today. To recap the scenario for you: Manchester United were playing away from home against Nottingham Forest on 7 January 1990, in 3rd round FA Cup tie. It was widely speculated in the media that under-pressure United manager Alex Ferguson would have been sacked had United lost and gone out of the Cup, as they were 15th in the league at that stage and had already been eliminated from the Football League Cup. Instead, Robins came off the bench late into the game and scored the winning goal from a Mark Hughes cross. That goal was a turning point in the history of Manchester United.
Dalglish goes on to comment on Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United by saying, “He’s been fantastic for Manchester United,” replied Dalglish. “I think he’s even surpassed the legend that was Sir Matt Busby in the achievements and successes he’s had. To be anywhere for 25 years is unbelievable, and to have had the success he’s had is great testimony to himself and the football club.
“When you remember where the football club was when he came in, it’s a fantastic achievement where he’s taken them to.”