The rain lashed against Sir Alex’s hotel window. The radio was on and it spluttered out the dire match report from the Manor Ground . “…Alex Ferguson’s honeymoon period is over as his first game ends in defeat…”
He was 346 miles from home and 26 years from adulation and the Oxford hotel felt gloomy. He wasn’t in Aberdeen anymore and the English press made sure he knew it. He didn’t have the players or the support, he was a Scotsman in a very English city.