Your job now

英国, 2013年, サー·アレックス·ファーガソン

Last weekend, a few days after announcing his retirement as manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson gave an emotional farewell speech (in the rain, of course — well, it was Manchester).

At 2:04 (below) Sir Alex, a tough-talking Scot, leaves the club with a strong warning.

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I’d also like to remind you that when we had bad times here, the club stood by me, all my staff stood by me, the players stood by me. Your job now is to stand by our new manager. That is important.

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1) Like many phrasal verbs, to ‘stand by’ has many meanings. In the above example, it means to support someone during a difficult period.

2) To ‘stand by’ can also mean to do nothing to help (“The police just stood by and watched”). It can also mean to be ready (“Cabin crew, stand by for take-off”).

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