Competitive will to be the best
Innovation (“you’ll never win anything with kids”)
Long-term planning (not short-term fixes)
These are all things I learned this weekend from Sir Alex Ferguson.
And I write this as someone who spent large swathes of his youth enthusiastically singing, “Stand up if you hate Man U!” and who has absolutely and vehemently not always seen eye to eye with Fergie.
This is why sport matters so much to me.
Because it doesn’t matter very much at all, yet its foundations are built upon things that matter very much indeed.