When talking about the greatest football managers in history, Sir Alex Ferguson will be at the top of most people’s list.
During his 27 year tenure at Old Trafford, the Scot turned Man United into arguably the most famous football team on the planet, and the greatest team in the Premier League era by some considerable distance.
As manager of The Red Devils, he won a staggering 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions Leagues and one FIFA Club World Cup. Individually, he is an 11-time winner of the Premier League Manager of the Year, and a winner of the UEFA Manager of the Year.
It was truly a remarkable career that is very unlikely to be matched by anyone for a long time in the Premier League.
Therefore, when he announced his retirement in May 2013, it sent echoes through the footballing fraternity like no other news before. Fans from all over the world were devastated by the news, and obviously, Man United fans were hit the most. They took to Twitter to show their disappointment and worry for the future, whilst reflecting on a wonderful career.
This is what the fans had to say:
— María Sabarís Sardón (@msabaris) May 8, 2013
.@BBCSport thanks for ruining my week/month.
— Aaron Codd (@aaroncodd) 8 May 2013
— Thabo Limema (@thabol) 8 May 2013
— Andrea (@androulou) 8 May 2013
— Georgie Trivett (@GeorgieTrivett) 8 May 2013
@BBCSport true legend and i hope everyone looks at the bigger picture and gives him credit he deserves thank you sir alex.
— Daniel e Knight (@DanielkKnight) 8 May 2013
— Jon Woodward (@JonWoodward74) 8 May 2013
— OiOiUrzz88 (@OiOiUrzz88) 8 May 2013
@SkySports the day Man United changed forever
— Elon Mu$k (@andimanxix) December 8, 2015
— Olivia Carrigan (@olivia_carrigan) 8 May 2013
— Craig Honeyman (@Craig_Honeyman) 8 May 2013
@SkySports love him or hate him, the game has lost a true legend. Thank you Sir Alex. It’s been a pleasure.
— Steve Tiernan (@Steve_Tiernan) 8 May 2013
@SkySports end of an era at United one of the best very big shoes to fill Moyes or Jose next!
— Danger Mouse (@Dangermouse1989) 8 May 2013
— Simon Gaulton (@sime077) 8 May 2013
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— J F (@CHEFJONNYF) 8 May 2013