I was only 23 years old in February 1958 when the best football team of it’s day was decimated in an air crash in Munich which resulted in severe loss of life.
Football fans everywhere were devastated and although I was at the time, and still am a Liverpool fan I appreciated the brilliance of the Busby Babes, as they were known. As I walked down the street reading the report from the newspaper I had just bought tears ran involuntary down my face for the loss of life.
That was a genuine disaster, act of God, or whatever serious description fits the bill unlike the way some current United fans are trying to portray the present mini crisis of lying seventh in the premier league as a disaster. There is simply no comparison between the two events.
Earlier during part of my National service spent in Germany I was lucky enough to see Duncan Edwards play in a B international against the host nation at the Dortmund arena, when he was only sixteen.
As usual the manager gets the blame and Moyes was sacked but as Dwight Yorke said “the players must take responsibility too”. Rumour has it that Fergie was solely responsible for his appointment , and if so, either he or some others involved are guilty of a serious error of judgement, especially given the award of a six year contract in the current uncertain climate of football management.
It has been stressed that the decision to fire Moyes was based on the lack of results on the pitch and had nothing to do with the anticipated loss of 35 million pounds for failing to qualify for the champions league or the prospects of an expected drop in income from the sale of merchandise next season. Yeah right.
United have made it known that it is the intention to spend big to strengthen the squad during the transfer window and it remains to be seen whether top players will come to a club no longer offering champions league football. In addition there is always the danger that the selling clubs will try to overprice their assets to capitalise on United’s perceived desperation.