Sir Alex Ferguson CBE was appointed manager of Manchester United FC exactly twenty-five years ago today. He is the longest serving manager in the club's history (overtaking Sir Matt Busby's record last December), and his tenure is the longest of all current League managers. Ferguson's reign has seen an era of success and dominance both in England and Europe, giving the Glaswegian a reputation as one of the most respected managers in football history.
Under Ferguson, MUFC have won 37 trophies, including 12 Premier League titles - with a record 19th league success last season - and the Champions League twice. Knighted in 1999 for his services to the sport, Ferguson is 70 next month, and shows no sign of retiring yet.