Social Media had been awash with rumours of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement from Manchester United and when the news was finally confirmed on Wednesday morning, it was Twitter that led the charge with the tributes to the most successful manager in British football.
And while his current charges appear to be under strict orders to stay away from their smart phones, plenty of Fergie's former players and opponents were happy to hand out the plaudits. Below is a selection of some the more interesting ones.
Thanks for everything, Boss. twitter.com/Cristiano/stat…— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 8, 2013
26 years, 13 league titles, 2 Champions Leagues, the Cup Winners' Cup, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups… Legend! twitter.com/3gerardpique/s…— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) May 8, 2013
Sir Alex, one of the best managers of all time. After 26 years of success in the game, we all owe him a tribute.— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 8, 2013
It's just not sinking in! Manchester United with no Sir Alex just doesn't feel right. What a man and great that it has ended on his terms.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) May 8, 2013
What a career! Proud and honored to have been coached by Sir Alex Ferguson. #thankyougaffer— GIUSEPPE ROSSI (@GiuseppeRossi22) May 8, 2013
Stand up, put your hands together and give him a big round of applause! Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring. Congrats for an amazing career!— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) May 8, 2013
Acknowledgement to an amazing career at Manchester United. Remarkable #SirFerguson, a football's legend.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 8, 2013