Fergie: The United Stories
Narrator: When Sir Alex arrived from Aberdeen in the autumn of 1986, Manchester United were in decline. They hadn’t won the league since 1967 and found themselves second-from-bottom in the old First Division. Ferguson set about overhauling every aspect of life at the club, bringing discipline back into the changing by eradicating the destructive drinking culture.
Andy Mitten: The player didn’t really know a lot about him. One player who did was Gordon Strachan who played with him at Aberdeen. A lot of United players asked Strachan what he was like. Strachan laughed and said, “There’s going to be a big change of scene here. He gathered players in the small gymnasium at the Cliff and said, “I’m not happy about this culture of drinking. I’m hearing things around Manchester from people saying you’ve been spotted out. I don’t like what I’m hearing. It’s not professional.” There was some resistance to that change. “This is what it has always been like… This is what it’s like at every club”. Maybe, it had been. But that wasn’t how Sir Alex Ferguson wanted it to be.
Lee Sharpe: He scared me to death, pretty much. I played under fear. I was always fearful of his hairdryer tellings-off. I didn’t want to let him down. Probably Liverpool was the worst one. He told me at half-time he was kicking me out of my house and putting me back in digs. My girlfriend had moved up from Birmingham. She had to go back home and we had to split up. My dog had to get sold. My car had to get sold. And I had to go out there and prove to him that I could play.
in decline 下降線をたどっている, 減少中で
The number of supporters is in decline for 3 years.
set about A Ａに着手する
Rome set about finding a new striker.
Our school is overhauling the old curriculum in order to make it more attractive.
They should consider their team problem from every aspect.
discipline 〜規律, しつけ
The manager made up new team discipline.
eradicate 〜を撲滅する, 〜を根絶やしにする
No matter what it takes, we must eradicate racism.
A destructive typhoon hit the West Coast of the U.S.
If you can do this perfectly, you can be a professional player!
be spotted out 目撃される
/bi ˈspɒtɪd aʊt/
Famous Man United players were spotted out at the party.
resistance 抵抗, 反発
Resistance is useless.
to death 死ぬほど
This match is boring to death.
telling-off 小言, 叱責
Some of the players couldn’t stand Ferguson’s telling-off.
kick out of A Ａを追い出す
/kɪk aʊt əv/
One player was kicked out of the pitch for his bad behaviour.
digs トレーニング場, 下宿地
Neymar was forced to be back in digs on Tuesday.
Our school is ( ) the old curriculum in order to make it more attractive.
The manager made up new team ( ).
Famous Man United players ( ) at the party.
One player was ( ) the pitch for his bad behaviour.
Rome ( ) finding a new striker.
( ) is useless.
This match is boring ( ).
They should consider their team problem from every ( ).
No matter what it takes, we must ( ) racism.
The number of supporters is ( ) for 3 years.
A ( ) typhoon hit the West Coast of the U.S.
Some of the players couldn’t stand Ferguson’s ( ).
Neymar was forced to be back in ( ) on Tuesday.
3. were spotted out
4. kicked out of
5. set about
7. to death
10. in decline
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