Ian Holloway on Fergie’s depature: Why Wilfried Zaha can’t do better than David Moyes following Sir Alex’s exit
Wilfried Zaha is already guaranteed his place in Manchester United history – and he hasn’t even pulled on the famous red shirt yet.
My Crystal Palace winger was desperate to play for Sir Alex Ferguson after agreeing to join United ahead of next season.
So news of the great man’s retirement has hit him like a bolt from the blue.
But I have told Wilfried that he is now destined to be remembered as the last signing that Fergie ever made for the club the great man has served with such distinction for almost 27 years.
I remember Sammy McIlroy being heralded as the last of the Busby Babes because he was the final kid who came through during Sir Matt’s glorious reign.
And, while Viv Anderson was the first Fergie signing back in 1986, Wilfried is now the final part of the legacy being inherited by David Moyes.
I expect the name of Wilfried Zaha to become much more than an answer to an obscure quiz question in 10 years’ time.
He has all the ability it takes to make his mark at United and will always be able to treasure the golden memory of the day when Sir Alex and Sir Bobby Charlton told him he is made for Old Trafford.
History maker: Wilfried Zaha will be remembered as Sir Alex Ferguson's final signing
Fergie’s time as manager is coming to an end.
But I have been telling anyone who would listen, for the last few years, that David Moyes is made for Manchester United.
Succeeding Fergie would be a monumental task for anyone, but it won’t faze Moyesie.
He has a football brain that is only matched by his work ethic.
And anyone who points at his lack of experience of winning trophies and managing in the Champions League doesn’t understand the scope of the incredible job he has done over the past 11 years at Everton.
To keep the Toffees competing in the top half of the Premier League, without a substantial annual transfer budget to spend in this era of bank-busting fees and eye-watering wages, has been a triumph of sheer talent.
He is from the same stock as the man he is replacing, with the same virtues.
And the fact that Sir Alex will remain at Old Trafford as a director means David will be able to tap into his expertise at any time.
Moyesie is very much his own man – but he won’t be too proud to seek advice when required.
People have suggested that Fergie will cast the same kind of shadow that made it impossible for a number of managers to succeed after Busby.
But hasn’t Fergie himself admitted that he used to seek Sir Matt’s counsel on a regular basis when he was striving to challenge Liverpool’s dominance all those years ago?
The Manchester United team he has left behind does not need rebuilding.
The Reds have turned the title race into a procession this season.
And, while players, such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand, are coming to the end of their careers, young guns, such as Phil Jones, Javier Hernandez, Jonny Evans, Rafael, David De Gea, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, still have their finest years ahead of them.
My final words about Sir Alex are a thank you to the great man for being such an inspiration.
To do what he has over such a long period – building the best team in Scotland at Aberdeen is one of his finest achievements – has been astonishing.
At the age of 71, he has earned his retirement a hundred times over.
All the best, Sir Alex, you have been the greatest.
Wigan made history when they walked out for their first-ever FA Cup Final last night.
I only hope that the Wembley experience doesn’t cost them their Premier League status.
Roberto Martinez’s side have played fantastic football, but are running out of games and players.
His squad has been decimated by injuries at a time when their cup run has forced them to play every three or four days. They have games against Arsenal and Aston Villa this week – and even winning them both may not be enough.
I’ve got this feeling that there is going to be one final twist this season.
It is very tight at the bottom – and that’s where I think the drama will come.
I remember when my Blackpool team were relegated in 2011.
In our penultimate game at Spurs, a last-minute equaliser stopped us from getting the points that would have made us safe.
On the final day, we were 2-1 up with 20 minutes to go against a Manchester United team that had already won the title, but lost 4-2 and went down.
These things really can go right to the wire.
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