What is Sir Alex Fergusson on about?

Hip running vs knee running

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24/10/2013 at 21:29

Part of the controversy of the man's autobiography relates to a story about how he ran the rule over- and rejected-  a player who evetually signed for a rival club.

Part of his analysis was that the player ran with his knees and with a straight back, as opposed to running with his hips - and that this would make him injury prone later in his career.

Is this just another way of describing heel vs midfoot striking or is there something else to it? 

24/10/2013 at 21:57

It probably means that he had a row with him

24/10/2013 at 22:42

It's about how you generate your movement. Generate power from your hips rather than from the lower legs... it sort of makes sense, doesn't it?

24/10/2013 at 23:44

Googled it andhe's talking about Jordan Henderson.  Frankly it'sbollocks.  

JPenno    pirate
25/10/2013 at 00:06
Flob wrote (see)
He never picked a player who wasn't worth the money so however he describes it- he Murat have had a good way of judging them.

The  rosey tinted specs of a Fergie Fan- Djemba Djemba, Tiabi, Veron, to name just three, Every manager fails with transfers - Fergies best ever signing was Howard Webb

He is now just portraying himself as an old bitter fool, slagging off anyone he can in his autobiography, Keane and Beckham have been slated, IF it hadnt been for them Fergie would have been out of the door years ago.

25/10/2013 at 08:46

Well, he's got a book to sell I suppose. I wsa just curious about what he was driving at with his gait analysis thing

25/10/2013 at 08:58

The goldfish memory of a Scouser.....Fergie would have been jobless if not for Mark Robins. Period.

Its laughable to suggest any other individual, and I'm including genius of the ilk of Cantona and Ronaldo, could have hastened his departure in a period of  unparalleled domestic domination. ...just like Liverpool in the late 70's/early '80's only better...

25/10/2013 at 09:12

fergie had 27yrs or so so its easy to find a few bad purchases

Dalglish had 18months second time around and his hit rate wasnt fantastic was it. though he did endorse a range of t-shirts.

It could be argued that fergie made keane and becks the players they became rather than the other way round.

anyway that said i dont think he should have talked about about henderson this way.

25/10/2013 at 09:34

What ever you say about Fergie and his Man Utd team, he made a lot of people in happy in Essex and Surrey, in the same way that Manchester City has made people in Manchester happy

25/10/2013 at 10:11
DASH RIPROD wrote (see)

The goldfish memory of a Scouser.....Fergie would have been jobless if not for Mark Robins. Period.

+1 If Robins hadn't clinched the winner in that FA cup tie away at Forest then Fergie would almost definitely have been shown the door...  I bet now even Robins wishes he'd put that header wide 

25/10/2013 at 10:12

I expect now that Henderson is going to have the most analysed gait in the country.

25/10/2013 at 10:44

He probably wouldn't have ranked Michael Johnson as any good as a runner.

25/10/2013 at 11:16
DeanR7 wrote (see)
It could be argued that fergie made keane and becks the players they became rather than the other way round.


I am old enough to recall watching Keane play for Forest and he was awaesome. Quite frankly he would have been a top, top player playing elsewhere. maybe wouldn't have won so many trophies.


Edited: 25/10/2013 at 11:16
25/10/2013 at 11:22

Agree max, I lived in notts then, he was good, he got a lot better at utd though.

25/10/2013 at 11:30

Living in the north west I am firmly in the anti united camp but would have to admit that Keane is one of my favourite players of the last 20 years. Obviously the Alfie incident is a huge blot but always enjoyed watching him.


25/10/2013 at 12:16

keane was excellent (in fact i can give him no higher praise than i think he was as good as robson)  but at forest they went down with a wimper at utd he won the treble. as good as he was in the 2 season at forest Keane improved once he left forest.   fergie was already winning titles before he came along and we won plenty once he left. 

anyway it was cantona who made fergie.

25/10/2013 at 13:12

The surprise is the suggestion Henderson wasn't signed because of his running style.

Just saying he's a very average player and not worth 20m+ would have been an easier get out.

25/10/2013 at 13:37

Cantona is most definitely a 'top, top player'. By that I mean up there with Pele, Zindane, Dalglish, Maradona, Ronaldo x 2, Captain Marvel Robson, Messi and certainly not Steven Gerrard (a top player but not top, top player).

SG - for once I am in total agreement with you

25/10/2013 at 14:17

I think that's the whole point about Fergie - yes, he was extremely successful but he really need to be such a miserable, grudging arsehole about it?

I rarely saw him give anyone any credit for beating Utd - it was always Utd that played badly, not the other team that played well. He used to do this sort of pretend praise thing when they'd just walloped some minnow of a side but that was about as far as he could bring himself to go.

Meanwhile I continue to await the day when Neil Warnock doesn't claim his side lost a game because of the referee...

Edited: 25/10/2013 at 14:18
25/10/2013 at 21:58

Ferguson was phenomenal at getting results, but in many ways, he's a horrible human being.

His long-running spat with the bbc was a good example.  He denied Man United fans, and football fans in general, the opportunity to hear his views on MotD and other bbc programmes for year, just because the beeb had asked some awkward questions.

His abuse of power in press conferences was dictatorial.  If the press had any balls, they'd have boycotted HIM.

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