Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that he will step down from his post after more than 26 years in charge of the club. This comes as a major surprise for everyone, as the Scot recently led United to the 20th league title in the history. The 71-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world. He was appointed as the manager of Manchester United back in 1986. After overseeing a troubled three-year spell, he managed to turn United into one of the best clubs in the world.
He has won an astonishing 13 league titles and two Champions League titles in his time at the club. In total, he has lifted 38 trophies with United during his 26 years at the club. David Moyes is expected to be named as the replacement for Ferguson after several bookmakers shortened the odds of the Everton manager being named as the replacement. Ferguson has said that he has been thinking about retirement for quite a while now, and he feels that it is the right time to go. Tributes have been flowing in for the man, who has led the club for 1498 matches. He will be completing 1500 matches as the Manchester United manager at the end of the season.
“The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one,” said Ferguson.