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Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex picks out a few highlights from his tenure at Old Trafford...

First game

My first two matches as manager had been away from home, to Oxford United and Norwich City, so it was towards the end of November when I had my first game at Old Trafford (against Queens Park Rangers).

We won 1-0, John Sivebaek scored from a free-kick in the first half and we should have maybe won by more. But getting my first win was the important thing. You certainly want to win your first home game, that's for sure.

I don't think there was a big crowd at Old Trafford that day, but I was given a good reception by the supporters, I'll always remember that.

Best goal

My favourite goal at Old Trafford was the one Paul Scholes scored against Panathinaikos in 2000, when the team strung together 32 passes.

I always remember a famous goal that Leeds United scored against Southampton with something like 38 passes, but the finish was nothing like Scholesy’s. He chipped the goalkeeper from about 16 yards, it was fantastic. It was a special goal.

Best atmosphere

Old Trafford is a special place on European nights, when the stadium’s full, the floodlights are on and the fans are up for it.

It’s an enormous lift to the players when the fans are really behind them – the Barcelona semi-final in 2008 is a great example.

We scored with another Paul Scholes goal in the first half, when we were the better team. We then had chances to put the game out of sight but their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves and there were a couple of misses.

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