It is now five years since Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement on May 8, 2013. Refresh your memory at just how bloody brilliant he was during his 26-year reign at Manchester United…
2 x Champions League (1999, 2008)
13 x Premier League (1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13)
1 x European Cup Winners’ Cup (1991)
5 x FA Cup (1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04)
4 x League Cup (1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10)
1 x UEFA European Super Cup: (1991)
1 x FIFA Club World Cup (2008)
1 x Intercontinental Cup (1999)
10 x FA Charity Shield/Community Shield: 1990 (shared with Liverpool), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Games in charge: 1500
Win percentage: 59.7%
Premier League: 810 – W 528, D168, L114 win ratio: 65%
First Division: 225 – W97, D70, L58, win ratio: 43%
FA Cup: 120 – W80, D22, L18 win ratio: 67%
League Cup: 97 – W62, D10, L25 win ratio: 64%
Champions League: 202 – W110, D52, L40 win ratio: 54%
Man Utd 9-0 Ipswich – March 1995
Nottingham Forest 1-8 Man Utd – February 1999
Man Utd 7-0 Barnsley – October 1997
Man Utd 1-6 Man City,
Newcastle 5-0 Man Utd – October 1996
Chelsea 5-0 Man Utd – October 1999
The random stats
* Ferguson has won 27 Premier League Manager of the Month awards, 12 more than anyone else.
* Ferguson was named Premier League Manager of the Season 11 times. Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have both won it three times each.
* Manchester United scored 2769 goals (1.85 per game average) and conceded 1365 (0.9 per game average) under Ferguson.
* United’s goal difference under Ferguson was +1404
* Only Arsene Wenger has managed more Premier League games than Ferguson (810). The Arsenal boss will have taken charge of 828 matches when he leaves the club at the end of the season.
* Ferguson is the joint-most decorated manager in European football competitions with seven honours (includes two honours won with Aberdeen), a record he shares with Giovanni Trapattoni and Carlo Ancelotti.
* Ferguson (810 games, 2.16) has the third-highest points per game record in the Premier League, behind Pep Guardiola (74 games, 2.32ppg) and Antonio Conte (74 games, 2.19ppg). Ferguson has managed 736 games more than the City and Chelsea bosses.
* United won 1752 Premier League points under Ferguson.
* During the 26 years Ferguson managed United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham all employed 18 managers each. Liverpool had nine managers, while Arsenal had six.
* Ferguson’s most regular opponent as Man Utd boss was Chelsea (72 matches)
* Chelsea inflicted the most defeats (23) on Ferguson of any club.
* Ferguson also drew most against Chelsea (20)
* Ferguson enjoyed most wins (38) against Tottenham and Aston Villa.
* Villarreal are the only team Ferguson faced at least three times without ever winning against them (P4, W0, D4, L0)
* Ferguson faced Wenger more often than any other manager (P49, W23, D10, 16)
* Ferguson had most wins against Harry Redknapp (29).
* Ferguson had most draws against Wenger and Kenny Dalglish (10)
Most used players:
Ryan Giggs: 876 games
Paul Scholes: 704 games
Gary Neville: 592 games
Wayne Rooney: 197
Ryan Giggs: 154
Ruud van Nistelrooy: 150
Ryan Giggs (17 years, 3 months, 4 days)
Lee Sharpe (17 years, 3 months, 27 days)
Federico Macheda (17 years, 7 months, 4 days)
First Man Utd debutant: Gary Walsh v Aston Villa, December 13, 1986
Last Man Utd debutant: Robbie Brady v Newcastle, September 26, 2012
Most used XI:
Gary Neville, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand, Denis Irwin
David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs
Wayne Rooney, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Most expensive signings:
Dimitar Berbatov: £30.75million
Rio Ferdinand: £29.1million
Juan Sebastian Veron: £28.1million
Ferguson broke the British transfer record seven times:
1989: Gary Pallister – £2.9m
1993: Roy Keane – £3.75m
1995: Andy Cole – £7m
2001: Ruud van Nistelrooy – £19m
2001: Juan Sebastian Veron – £28.1m
2002: Rio Ferdinand – £29.1m
2008: Dimitar Berbatov – £30.75m
Ferguson signed 99 players for Man Utd. The first was Viv Anderson in 1986, the last Wilfried Zaha in 2013.
Most expensive XI:
David De Gea
Antonio Valencia, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Ashley Young
Cristiano Ronaldo, Juan Sebastian Veron, Anderson, Nani
Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov.
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