25 Years: A Salute To Sir Alex Ferguson

November 6 1986, On this day 25 years ago Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed manager of what is arguably the biggest club in world football.

It has not been an easy 25 years but it has been wonderful.

A milestone like this should be honored by every football fan, team and manager around the world. These days managers don’t last for long at their job but Fergie has done it and done it in style.

In his 25 years at Old Trafford he has won 37 trophies some of them being 12 Premier League titles (In 19 Years), 2 UEFA Champions League, 5 FA Cups, 2 World Club Championships, 3 League Cups.

Success has played a major part in the his tenure at United and this success is not just about winning trophies but about developing players into superstars, legends and decent men on and off the pitch.

All this success for Manchester United isn’t solely that of Sir Alex, one man that should share some of the spotlight is the man who appointed him as Manchester United manager, former chief executive Martin Edwards along with fellow board member Sir Bobby Charlton and Mike Edelson.

All this success almost never happened in the first few seasons Fergie was in charge after taking over from Ron Atkinson, the manager was under pressure to deliver silverware and was failing to do so and this got many fans angry and they wanted him sacked, however in 1990 he finally delivered by winning the FA Cup.

Fergie has had his critics since he joined the club, he was told by Alan Hansen what has now been etched in Manchester United history, “You’ll never win anything with kids” after a young Manchester United side lost the season opener to Aston Villa 3-1. I wonder how Mr. Hansen feels about that line now.

Fergie has crafted some of the best players in the modern day of football with the likes of Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Peter Schmeichel, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs to name a few. At the moment he’s doing it again with Danny Welbeck, Paul Pogba, Tom Cleverly, Ravel Morrison, Rafael & Fabio da Silva etc.

Sir Alex Ferguson has resurrected the club and has played a major role in developing it into a worldwide brand with a fan base of 333 million due to all this unprecedented success.

In honor of his quarter century of greatness and success the North Stand at Old Trafford has been named the “Sir Alex Ferguson Stand” and it doesn’t end there, a trophy will also be erected outside the stadium alongside the “United Trinity” and Sir Matt Busby.


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