Why Sir Alex Ferguson will continue to haunt the Premier League

Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey wonders what the consequences would be should Sir Alex Ferguson stay on at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been tipped to rethink his retirement date after yesterday's Carling Cup victory due to the quality in his young Man United squad.

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen, talking in his DailyTelegraph column, reckons that the potential in this Man United squad could make Ferguson alter his plans; a thought that will no doubt strike fear into the hearts of everyone else in the Premier League.

United's Carling Cup win over Spurs at Wembley yesterday capped a great string of results over the weekend which saw Liverpool, Aston Villa and Arsenal all drop points in the league which makes the quintuple seem one step closer.

"With Inter to face on Wednesday next week and Liverpool three days later, United are two good results away from being in pole position in their two most important competitions," said Hansen.

"In the FA Cup they might draw Chelsea or Arsenal in the semi-final, and that could prove difficult, but when they are playing teams not among the top five or six then Ferguson can field any line-up he wants and still expect to win.

"He can bring in different players but the team just keep on winning and this is why, in the 'lesser' competitions, United are seamlessly making the transition from game to game and continuing to win the trophies. It is a clever way of working, and so far it has worked an absolute treat.

"I do not think Ferguson has ever had this much strength in depth, with so many players springing up in different positions. This is why Ferguson could, conceivably, change his mind about when to retire."

Who would have thought shortly before Christmas that United are on the verge of what could be their most successful season ever?

The Club World Cup, often scoffed at by the media, has galvanised the team and, apparently, got everyone in the squad salivating at the prospect of moretrophies.

Withthe experience of players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Edwin Van Der Sar mixing with the youngsters such as Evans, the Da Silva twins, Wellbeck and Gibson, not to mention the genuine world class qualities of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, does this make the United class of 08/09 the best ever?

However long Ferguson decides to stay at the club, United will remain the formidable force in English and European football.

Which means the Theatre of Dreams will continue to house nothing but nightmares for opponents.

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