2006-07: United win the Premier League by six points
2006-07: Chelsea edge the FA Cup final and Milan knock United out of Europe
2007-08: In the 50th year since Munich, the title is retained
2007-08: Shoot-out glory in Moscow as Chelsea are beaten
2008-09: Boss celebrates 50 years in professional football
2008-09: The Reds beat Quito to win the Club World Cup
2008-09: A third Premier League in a row is secured
2008-09: Barcelona defy United in the Champions League final in Rome
2009-10: Sir Alex overtakes Sir Matt as United's longest-serving manager
2009-10: The Carling Cup is won, but Reds lose the title race by a point
2010-11: A record 19th league title is clinched at Blackburn
2010-11: Barcelona again prove a step too far in the Champions League final
Even Sir Alex was slightly surprised his emerging team were able to overcome Chelsea in 2006/2007, rating his ninth Premier League title success as one of his very best.
A thrilling comeback at Everton, displaying the sort of spirit that has been a United hallmark under the boss, set up a first title in three years with a derby win at Manchester City prompting the deposed champions to form a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge in May. But the Goodison triumph drained the Reds and a 3-2 lead against AC Milan in the Champions League semi-final was surrendered in the second leg.
"I have no hesitation putting the championship win at the top of the tree because, for me at any rate, it was the least expected," said Sir Alex. "We had three blank years in the league and a lot of fans seemed to think it was the end of the road but there was rebuilding to do and I am just pleased that we have got our house back in order so speedily." Chelsea exacted some revenge in the first FA Cup final back at Wembley, with Didier Drogba, settling a tight, dour match in extra time, but Sir Alex's thoughts were already focused on another Champions League win.