Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson, a knight of the realm and the most successful manager in the history of English football. Some would argue his achievements are unparalleled in the world game. As he prepared for Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Sunderland, which marked his 25th anniversary as Manchester United boss, he reflected: “Its been a fairy tale dream, give or take the occasional nightmare.”
Old Trafford is dubbed the “theatre of dreams” and the canny 69 year-old Scot is credited with helping United fans live the dream. The North Stand has been renamed the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.
He guided the club to an unprecedented 12 League titles and two Champions League triumphs. He has known when to buy and when to sell and has been instrumental in turning raw talent into great players.