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
"Don't worry, success in Europe will come," he predicted.
Twelve months later - late into the Moscow night on 21 May, 2008 - another incredible season was completed when Edwin van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's spot-kick. The Reds had already been crowned English league champions again, Ryan Giggs fittingly scoring the clincher at Wigan on the final day while equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time appearance record. To become kings of Europe again, the Reds had to edge out Barcelona over two tense semi-finals with Paul Scholes' stunner setting up the date with Chelsea in owner Roman Abramovich's native Russia.
Of course, this was the season when Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his status as a world-class talent - scoring a remarkable 42 goals including the opener in the Champions League final. There were poignant scenes ahead of the derby with City that marked the 50th anniversary of the Munich disaster - even if the result was a surprise defeat - and two wins over Arsenal at Old Trafford (4-0 in the FA Cup and 2-1 in the league) were among the high points. "Our players have a good future ahead of them and though I will be gone before some of