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Even the Defeats: How Sir Alex Ferguson Used Setbacks to Inspire Manchester United's Greatest Triumphs

John Silk

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From the publisher:

Even the Defeats is the story of how painful moments in Sir Alex Ferguson's early reign inspired him to lead Manchester United to some of their greatest successes. A heavy 5-1 loss at Manchester City in Ferguson's early tenure led pundits and supporters to question the Scot's position, but by the season's end he was holding aloft his first trophy at the club -- the FA Cup. This trend continued when an end-of-season collapse handed Leeds United the league title in the spring of 1992, only to galvanise United to their first championship in 26 years the very next year.

From struggles in Europe to winning the treble, from losing the title on goal difference to their city rivals to winning the Premier League in Ferguson's final season in charge - rising from the depths of despair to achieve glory, and using failure to fuel success, was arguably Sir Alex's greatest strength. John Silk brings you the inside story of what made Ferguson tick, with views from players, coaches and other members of staff from the great Scot's reign.

The author:

John Silk is a multimedia journalist working for German media outlet Deutsche Welle. He has covered sports and international affairs for more than a decade. He has contributed to newspapers, radio channels and TV stations across the globe, including the BBC, The Guardian and goal.com. He has followed the ups and downs of Manchester United for almost 40 years.


22 x 14 cm
224 pages
October 2020