26 years, 13 Premier League titles, 2 Champions League, 5 FA Cups and a host of other trophies mark the once in a lifetime reign of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. Now the Scot has stepped down from his throne and has passed on the torch to compatriot David Moyes, a man who has yet to win any major silverware. This transition will be a big chapter in the history of Manchester United and also the Premier League.
Fergie has been an inspiration for millions of fans, around the world and his departure from Manchester United has left many of them heart broken. David Moyes has very big shoes to fill and the air of expectation around him is to prove his worth right from the first match. All eyes will be focusing on every step of the 50-year-old Scotsman as he is now appointed the manager of the most famous football club in the world. Moyes has come a long way from Goodison Park, a stadium with a capacity of 40,000, to Old Trafford which is always packed with over 75,000 fans. The pressure on the new Rd Devils gaffer will be intense, win lose or draw.
Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of United in 1986 after winning 10 trophies with Aberdeen. He even tasted some European success with the Scottish club as his team won the European Cup Winners’ Cup and also the European Super Cup in 1983. In his magnificent managerial career of 39 years, the Scot has seen a fair share of highs and lows. Interestingly, St. Mirren holds the distinct record of sacking the 71-year-old legend in 1978.
The early years at Old Trafford were difficult for Ferguson who was on the verge of getting the axe in the 1989-90 season, which he recalls to be his darkest period. But the year ended with his first trophy as Manchester United manager (The FA Cup) and the rest is history.
Sir Alex brought in youngsters to his squad, who became famous as Fergie’s Fledglings and are regarded as the best players produced by the Manchester United Academy.
This Man United’s class of 1992 included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Neville brothers and Nicky Butt. In 1992, the Red Devils won their first Premier League Title under Ferguson.
From this point on, Manchester United started attracting big names to the club such as Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Dimitar Berbatov, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few.
In 1999, Manchester United won the treble in dramatic fashion. Their comeback win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final is still regarded as one of the most memorable wins in European history.
Ferguson’s after match interview is also very famous for his words, “Football, Bloody Hell”. His team won the double in 2008 and the following year United equalled Liverpool’s record of 18 English Championships.
20 Times Champions of England
As of 2013, Manchester United have 20 English League titles, 13 in the Premier League which are courtesy of the ‘Great One’.
This is a feat, which will be very difficult to replicate. Ferguson’s men, took back the title from rivals Manchester City which they lost in the last minute of 2011-12 season.
In 2013, Sir Alex was determined to win back the Premier League from his most bitter rivals. New signing Robin van Persie led Manchester United to glory and gave Sir Alex the perfect farewell gift.