Fergie won more… but Busby rebuilt Utd twice.

The story of Busby’s achievement is more like dramatic fiction than real life. It can’t really have happened, but it did. . Charlton at 19, not previously a first team regular, but a crash survivor, had to “grow up overnight”, to use the World War Two expression.

There was no time for post-traumatic stress disorder. Wales’ greatest ever football manager, Jimmy Murphy from the Rhondda, took over the reins because Busby was badly injured.

Manchester United legends Matt Busby, in 1957, and Sir Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement this week

On numbers of trophies won, Fergie wins by a mile.

Byline: RHODRI MORGAN Mr Wales writes exclusively for the WesternMail

WHO was the greatest manager, Fergie or Matt Busby? I met Fergie only once, a proud dad watching his son Darren playing for Wrexham and winning the FA Trophy at the Millennium Stadium 10 years ago. It does make comparisons impossible.

But Busby rebuilt Man Utd twice, once from the ravages of the war and then after the Munich air disaster. I saw a Matt Busby team, Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denis Law and all, on my only ever visit to Old Trafford in 1968.

Nobody who lived through the time of the Munich air disaster and the loss of so many of the Busby Babes can ever forget it.

On a tidal wave of emotion, the miracle happened and they won the game.


The FA gave the club four extra days to get a team together to play Sheffield Wednesday in an FA Cup semi-final.

Thank goodness nothing like that ever happened to Fergie and his beloved Class of 1992, Ryan Giggs, Scholes, Beckham and the others – his equivalent of the Busby Babes

Posted September 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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