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MANAGER PROFILE
Nicknames
:
Sir Alex, Fergie
Date of Birth
:
31 Dec 1941
Place of Birth
:
Glasgow, Scotland
Playing Position
:
Striker (1957 - 1974)
Height
:
1.80m
Joined United
:
06 Nov 1986
Years as Manager
:
24
Joined From
:
Scotland National Team
International
:
Scotland
International Debut
:
Uncapped
International Caps
:
0
lnternational Goals
:
0

   

Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football history – winning more than 30 trophies during his time in charge of the Reds. Yet despite more than two decades at the United helm he remains focused on increasing that tally, bringing yet more silverware to Old Trafford.

The Reds boss enjoyed a playing career north of the border that saw him take in spells with Queen's Park, St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Glasgow Rangers, Falkirk and Ayr United. But it is not for his playing of the game that Sir Alex was to become a success.

Following a spell out of the game he moved into coaching, taking up the role of manager of East Stirlingshire, St Mirren then Aberdeen. It was his time at Pittodrie where he earned his reputation as a top coach. He broke the Glasgow dominance of Scottish football to lead Aberdeen to three Scottish titles, four Scottish cups, one League Cup and one European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Following the sacking of Ron Atkinson as manager of Manchester United, the Old Trafford hierarchy moved quickly for his services. They got their man on 6 November 1986.

Ferguson inherited a dispirited team of underachievers who had consistently, to their supporters’ discontent, failed to break Liverpool’s domination. Stuck in the bottom four of the Division One table, Ferguson immediately set about attempting to stave off the very real threat of relegation. Without resorting to the transfer market, he guided United up the table to and eleventh place finish.

By now it was clear to Ferguson that he faced a major job in turning the club around. United were an entertaining side but one that seemed unable to cope with the more physical aspects of League football. In his second season the Reds fared better finishing second behind Liverpool, but the position painted a false picture. The turning point came in the 1989/90 season.

Following a run of games in which the Reds were drawn away in every round, United picked up their first silverware of the Ferguson era. Lee Martin scoring the only goal in a final replay against Crystal Palace to in the FA Cup.

This first trophy opened the flood gates. The European Cup Winners’ Cup was won the following season in Rotterdam, Barcelona defeated 2-1 thanks to a brace from Mark Hughes. Then in 1991/02 the League Cup was added to United’s list of honours.

Sadly the title remained elusive. It was the Holy Grail to United fans, the 26 championships free years being exacerbated by Liverpool’s dominance of the domestic and European game.

In 1992/93 the long wait for the League championship came to an end. The Reds, inspired by £1m signing Eric Cantona, pipping Aston Villa in the final weeks of the season.

The shackles were broken: the double followed in 1993/94, the double-Double (with ‘kids’) in 1995/96, and another title in 1997. Finally United were matching off-field might with on-field success. Liverpool’s dominance was well and truly over.

Sir Alex’s greatest achievement came in 1998/99. No side before or since has achieved a treble haul of Premiership title, FA Cup and European Cup. On an unforgettable night in Barcelona his decision to throw on substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assured history was made. The pair scored injury-time goals to win the Champions League and complete the treble.

Ferguson was knighted following that success and some suggested he should retire, believing his desire would wane following the realisation of a dream. Not a bit of it. Another title followed in 1999/2000 and he made it three-in-row in 2000/01. His eighth Premiership duly arrived in 2002/03; his fourth FA Cup a year later, against Millwall in Cardiff.

The Reds had by now entered a period of rebuilding. The side of homegrown players he’d first put together in 1995/96 was now breaking up and he’d recruited new stars like Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo to spark a new era of success.

The rebuilding paid off with victory in the Carling Cup in 2005/06 and a ninth Premier League trophy in 2006/07. In May 2007 Sir Alex swooped for three players - Anderson, Nani and Owen Hargreaves - to bolster an already strong squad. This evolving team claimed more glory in

2007/08, defending the Premier League title and securing Sir Alex's second Champions League triumph.

United followed European success by winning the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December 2008. The Reds then claimed the Carling Cup in March 2009 by beating Tottenham on penalties in the final.

On 16 May 2009, United achieved what had seemed an impossible mission when Sir Alex arrived in 1986, equalling Liverpool's long-standing record of 18 league championships. Beating Liverpool to the 2008/09 crown - Sir Alex's 11th title in 17 seasons - made the feat even sweeter.

UNITED HONOURS

  TEAM HONOURS      
  Premier League : 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09  
  FA Cup : 1989/90, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04  
  League Cup : 1991/92, 2005/06, 2008/09  
  FA Charity / Community Shield : 1990 (Shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008  
  UEFA Champions League : 1998/99, 2007/08  
  UEFA Cup Winners' Cup : 1990/91  
  UEFA Super Cup : 1991  
  Intercontinental Cup : 1999  
  FIFA Club World Cup : 2008  
  INDIVIDUAL HONOURS      
  FA Premier League
Manager of the Year
: 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09  
 

FA Premier League
Manager of the Month

: August 1993, October 1994, February 1996, March 1996, February 1997, October 1997, January 1999, April 1999, August 1999, March 2000, April 2000, February 2001, April 2003, December 2003, February 2005, March 2006, August 2006, October 2006, February 2007, January 2008, March 2008, January 2009, April 2009  
  LMA Manager of the Year : 1998/99, 2007/08  
  UEFA Team of the Year : 2007, 2008  
  World Soccer Magazine
World Manager of the Year
: 1993, 1999, 2007, 2008  
  Professional Footballers' Association Merit Award : 2007  
  Onze d'Or Coach of the Year : 1999, 2007  
  English Football Hall of Fame : 2002  
  BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award : 2001  
  Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year : 2000  
  LMA Manager of the Decade : 1990s  
  IFFHS Club Coach of the Year : 1999  
  BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team Award : 1999  
  BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award : 1999  
  UEFA Champions League Manager of the Year : 1999  
  Mussabini Medal : 1999  
  Football Writers' Association Tribute Award : 1996  
  ORDERS & SPECIAL AWARDS  
  Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) : 1995  
  Knight Bachelor : 1999  

Source: www.manutd.com Last updated: 05 July 2009
 
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