31/12/2013 16:50, Report by Tim Oscroft

Thank you, Sir Alex

Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious reign as Manchester United manager came to an end in May 2013 when, with the club’s 20th league title secured, his retirement was announced.

It was the end of an era, and here at www.manutd.com we reflected upon the impact Sir Alex made during his incredible 26-and-a-half year tenure in charge at Old Trafford. Our “Thank you Sir Alex” section celebrated the man and his achievements, and we’ve selected a view highlights from our comprehensive coverage for you to take a look back at.

Sir Alex retires: How we announced Sir Alex’s retirement.

What they saidRyan Giggs paid an emotional tribute, saying: “He has done everything for me both on and off the pitch.” 

Robin van Persie described Sir Alex as “maybe the best manager ever”.

Hugh McIlvanney, the former Sunday Times writer and co-author of Sir Alex’s 1999 autobiography Managing My Life, summed up the man who regularly sparred with the written press: “Everybody knows that getting to the top is remarkable enough but staying there for as long as he has is a minor miracle.”

The wit and wisdom: "Jock Stein told me there’s nothing wrong with losing your temper for the right reasons.” Some of Sir Alex’s best quotes rounded up for posterity.

His finest hour: Peter Schmeichel reveals how Sir Alex drove the Reds on to the incredible treble of 1999. 

Gallery: Take a look at photos from Sir Alex’s emotional farewell at Old Trafford.


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