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There were other major English clubs who offered Sir Alex Ferguson a job before the call from Old Trafford came in 1986, although none was Liverpool in an era when Anfield was a dynasty of favoured sons, with a clear lineage, and all of them privy to the same secret masterplan.
That approach worked for Liverpool,Â until it didnâ€™t, and then for years they were left looking at what Manchester United accomplished, wondering what they should replicate or adapt from their old enemyâ€™s success. In Ferguson, gradually United realised they had everything â€“ manager, coach, recruiter, intimidator â€“ in a time when one man could do all those things. The old Liverpool model had also started with a great visionary...
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