You know how the story goes from there. Wrongs were righted, the millstone made way for myriad milestones and, moreover, United’s identity was reinstated and enhanced. Alex Ferguson was awarded not only a ‘Sir’ prefix for his troubles, but also entombment in a glory which spans football.
He has established a place in the hearts of millions who have never even met him, yet have never lived without him. Most Reds below the age of 30 have no recollection of anybody else helming Manchester United. All the historic United moments synonymous with our own lives are traceable to his perpetual wringing of excellence from his every resource, and the debt felt by Reds across the globe goes beyond the reams of tributes you will read in the coming days.
Don’t expect Sir Alex to join in the revelry, though. That was shoehorned into his schedule last night. While we thank him for all the yesterdays, he will focus firmly on today and many more tomorrows.
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