During Sir Alex's United tenure, he’s won as many major trophies (36) as the esteemed Bob Paisley (18), Brian Clough (10) and Bill Shankly (8) did over the course of their combined managerial careers.

Sir Alex's titles part one | part two

14/05/2011 14:30, Report by Nick Coppack
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Beyond his wildest dreams

senior players were already plotting a route to the following season’s showpiece.

He’ll be doing the same again now – sharing in the 19th title celebrations, sure, but also thinking of ways he can improve his squad or extract better performances from those already in his ranks.

But just because the boss won’t pause to reflect, it doesn’t mean fans shouldn't. After all, it’s largely down to him that supporters feel so jubilant today and that United have consistently been among the top teams in world football for the last 20-odd years.

So raise a glass to Sir Alex amid today's 19th title celebrations and toast the greatest football manager Britain has ever seen.

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