The end of an era

19 Photos
  • The story begins

    Alex Ferguson is unveiled as the new Manchester United manager by Martin Edwards on November 5, 1986

    Making a Mark

    Mark Robins celebrates his goal for United against Forest in the FA Cup which famously saved Alex Ferguson from the sack in 1990

    Sweet FA

    Manchester United players celebrate after winning the 1990 FA Cup, Alex Ferguson's first trophy at the club

    Meeting of minds

    Alex Ferguson chats with another of Man United's legendary managers, Sir Matt Busby, ahead of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final in 1991

  • First European success

    Alex Ferguson with the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after a 2-1 win over Barcelona in Rotterdam in 1991

    Just champion

    Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy after Manchester United's first title win for 26 years in 1993

    The second coming

    Alex Ferguson and Brian Kidd after winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 1994, also the first time he did the Double

    I'd love it

    One of Man United's greatest title wins came in 1996 when they clawed back a 12-point gap in January to overhaul Kevin Keegan's Newcastle

  • A King is born

    Eric Cantona helped Alex Ferguson do the FA Cup and Premier League Double in 1996

    Stuff of Champions

    Alex Ferguson after Manchester United's dramatic, late Champions League win over Bayern Munich in 1999

    On a wing and a prayer

    David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson had a somewhat fiery relationship throughout the winger's time at Old Trafford

    Tale of the tape

    Alex Ferguson celebrates with his Manchester United team after winning the Premier League title in 2003

  • 50-50

    The signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kleberson on the same day in 2003 showed the contrasting success of Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer policy that summer

    Golden season

    Sir Alex Ferguson won both the Champions League and the Premier League in the same season for a second time in 2008

    Ref justice

    Sir Alex Ferguson was never afraid to make his views known to match officials, here arguing with Alan Wiley in 2009

    Guard of honour

    Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson embrace before the 2011 Champions League final - but Guardiola's Barcelona lifted the trophy against United in both 2009 and 2011

  • Not 19 forever

    Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates winning a landmark 19th title in 2011, which saw United overtake Liverpool's total of 18

    In honour

    In November 2012, United unveilved a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson

    Rockin' Robin

    Sir Alex Ferguson's final great signing was Robin van Persie, who fired United to a 20th title in 2013