Alex Ferguson Retires
New Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson pictured in November 1986. Photograph: PA
Ferguson (second right) watches his new team for the first time as they crash to a 2-0 defeat. Photograph: PA
Manchester United's £6 million new signing from Newcastle United Andy Cole, pictured at Old Trafford in January 1995 with Alex Ferguson. Photograph: Dave Kendall/PA Wire.
Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona in 1996 celebrating after winning the Carling's Manager of the Month and Player of the Month respectively. Photograph: Peter Wilcox/PA Wire
With assistant manager Brian Kidd in 1996, holding the premiership trophy after their side beat Middlesbrough to win the title. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire
Ferguson runs onto the pitch in May 2008 to congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo with Gary Neville (left). Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2011 celebrates with the Premier League trophy. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Ferguson (right) congratulates David Beckham (centre) and Roy Keane after his side clinched the Premiership Title in 1999 at Old Trafford. Photograph: Phil Noble/PA Wire
Ferguson during a Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on February 10, 2010 in Birmingham. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Ferguson during a photocall at Old Trafford in 1987. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Allsport
Manchester United's new manager Alex Ferguson (left) at a press conference in November 1986 at Old Trafford, with chairman Martin Edwards. Photograph: PA
With new signing Wayne Rooney in 2004. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Wire.
Everton manager David Moyes (right) shouts instructions to his team as Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson gestures to the officials regarding the amount of added time, on the touchline during a match in 2011. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
Alex Ferguson is applauded by his captain Roy Keane in 2001, as he lifts the FA Carling Premiership trophy. Photograph: Phil Noble/PA Wire.
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan (left) gets to grips with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in 1996 as they meet at Wembley for the start of the European Championships. Photograph: Adam Butler/PA Wire.
Alex Ferguson in Glasgow in 1978 making history as the first football club manager to take his sacking to an industrial tribunal claiming unfair dismissal. Alex Ferguson lost his job as manager at Scottish Premier League club St Mirren in May of that year. Photograph: PA Wire
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999 with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following victory over Bayern Munich. Photograph: Phil Noble/PA Wire.