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Manchester United recently secured their 20th league title in commanding fashion.

Robin van Persie scored a fantastic hat trick – his second goal to be remembered for years to come. People say this team isn’t as good as the United team of 1999, and I’d have to agree, but their mentality is just as good as the 1999 team.

Champions! Hat-trick hero van Persie's glorious second goal v Aston Villa

Champions! Hat-trick hero – van Persie’s glorious second goal v Aston Villa

If we look at past title winning teams, they all have one thing in common besides talent – a winning mentality. Last year’s Manchester City had that mentality. Down to QPR on the last day, their talisman Sergio Aguero scored in injury time to secure the title. Arsenal’s arguably most famous team, The Invincibles, had that mentality with players like Thierry Henry, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Robert Pires and many more. And of course Manchester United always have their team stacked with players that have that mentality with players like Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo, Owen Hargreaves, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Teddy Sheringham, David Beckham, the Neville brothers and the list goes on.

Manchester United: Treble winners 1999

Manchester United: Treble winners 1999

In fact, this is why Sir Alex Ferguson is quite possibly the best manager ever and has been dubbed as, “The Boss” by José Mourinho. Ferguson year after year, generation after generation, decade after decade, builds winning teams not just on skill, but on winning mentalities. How many times can you remember Manchester United coming back from a goal or two down to eventually win? For me, too many times to count. It’s that exact mentality that wins them those kinds of games and ultimately the numerous titles.

One can only wonder what will happen when Sir Alex retires. Who will take over from him? Will he be given the same amount of time as Sir Alex? I think Ferguson would have the foundations for a team in place for his successor. Or, is he already doing so now?

With young players like Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Rafael, Nick Powell, Angelo Henriquez, Fabio, and Wilfried Zaha, it shows a strong future for United. Fabio, Smalling, Jones and Rafael already demonstrate a decent back line. While Powell, Henriquez, and Zaha (after some development of course) would do wonders against Premier League defences. This summer I would bet on Sir Alex acquiring a few young midfielders for the future. That way, in four years time and when Ferguson turns 75, the rumoured retiring age, the successor will already have a team to start his tenure with and to build on. But, as asked before, who will take over for Sir Alex? Will the successor be the one who dubbed Fergie, “The Boss” be the eventual Manchester United’s boss?

Post written by Steven Scott
Blog: One Touch Soccer, Twitter: @OneTouchSoccer

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