Sir Alex Ferguson is the manager of Manchester United in the English Premier League. He has been with the club for 20 years, guiding them to be the dominant force in English football, and contenders year-on-year in the European Champions League. Sir Alex was knighted after a historic and unprecedented treble-winning season, and is one of the greatest managers of all time.
Sir Alex Ferguson joined Manchester United on 6th November 1986, aged 45. United were suffering in the league, and were in a crisis of confidence. It took Sir Alex some time to turn things around – three seasons of mediocrity followed whilst Ferguson tried to deal with the drinking culture at the club, and the lack of a youth-team structure.
With some big money spent on players such as Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce and Neil Webb, the fans were expecting great things, but United were still struggling to challenge for the title. After losing seven games in a row, United were down and out in the league, and all hopes were on the FA Cup away at Nottingham in November 1989. Ferguson was widely expected to lose his job if United failed to win, but thankfully the reds came through for him – winning 1-0, and then marching on a cup run to the final, where they beat Crystal Palace in the replay to bring silverware to Old Trafford.
With a new found confidence from both players and fans, Ferguson got to work with trying to ‘knock Liverpool from their perch’. Liverpool were definitely a fading force, and it was Leeds, led by a mercurial Eric Cantona, that pipped United to the first ever Premier League title. United stuttered at the start of the next season, but managed to buy Cantona from Leeds for £1.2m in December, and he became the catalyst to helping United top the league.
Sir Alex has won 10 Premier League titles, 2 champions league titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 league cups in his time at United, in the process building some great teams, such as the Robson-Hughes-Ince era, the ‘Class of 92’ with Beckham, Butt, Keane, Scholes and Neville, and the current crop of multinationals like Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez.
Sir Alex will retire from football once he has finished from football, but insists that’s a few years off yet!