Two decades ago Manchester United were without a top flight title in 26 years and the pressure was on Sir Alex Ferguson, after they blew a brilliant chance the season before. As the 1992/93 season reached its conclusion, with six games to go Aston Villa - runners up three years earlier - were leading United in the title race and glory beckoned for Ron Atkinson's team.
Fortunately for United fans, the Red Devils held their nerve and pipped the Villa to top spot. United never looked back, while the midlanders' fortunes took a somewhat different turn, but it was a close run thing that campaign.
To supporters raised in an era when Aston Villa wouldn't dream of challenging Manchester United for the title, let alone boasting a superior honours list, this may seem like irrelevant history, but it serves as a reminder that no club stays on top forever, no matter how impregnable they may seem.
Despite Alex Ferguson's spell in charge at United now stretching to a phenomenal 26 years, that represents only a fifth of the club's history. In other words, for the majority of Man United's history they were in the shadow of Aston Villa's success.
Fergie was offered the job at Arsenal, Tottenham, Rangers and even Wolves before he decided to join Man United, but what if he had gone elsewhere? The Scot will not always be in the Old Trafford hotseat, so take a look at those stats above, United fans, and savour every moment your manager is in charge because, one day, you may be the ones clinging to a great history.
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