End of an era

Published Friday, 10 May 2013
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After 26 years Sir Alex finally calls it a day. There are so many adjectives you can use to describe the most successful manager in British football history but none can quite do the man justice.

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Is David Moyes the right man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson?
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Sir Alex can look back at an astonishing career at Old Trafford having won 28 major honours at Old Trafford including 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 Champions League titles, 1 Cup Winners Cup, 1 Fifa Club World Cup along with a Eufa Cup and an Inter-Continental Cup.

There have been hundreds of articles and opinion pieces lauding Fergie's achievements so there isn't a whole lot more I can add to the already extensive portrayals of the man.

No matter what you think of Fergie he will be sorely missed, whether you admire the way he was able to build several extremely successful teams or you supported a team undone by Fergie time or whether you added the Fergie phrase "squeaky bum time" to your everyday conversations, if you are a football fan you will miss Sir Alex.

The question facing the 20-time league champions is how can you replace the irreplaceable? Fergie is one of a kind and will be remembered for famously knocking Liverpool off their perch and countless other memorable feats.

The thing I will remember most from the Ferguson era at Old Trafford is the Treble. I remember sitting with my brother in our front room on that most famous of Wednesday nights biting my nails and screaming at the TV with every kick. I remember holding onto every United shirt I owned and throwing them in the air as first Teddy Sheringham guided the ball into the net and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck out a boot and poked the ball into the top corner.

Everyone will have their opinion on Ferguson and who should replace him. There will be those of you going through your memory banks to pick his best team and your favourite Fergie moments.

If you consider the impact Ferguson has made on the British game there is no doubt that he is amongst the greatest managers of all time. It is almost impossible to pick the best team from Fergie's time at Old Trafford and is impossible at this time to say how well David Moyes will contend with following his fellow Scot. Luckily for us football is all about opinion.

If you have your own thoughts on how Moyes will fare don't forget to vote on our online poll and don't be shy in sharing your best Fergie XI or even a team of flops that didn't quite work out for the Glasgow man.

Leave your comments on what you think of the departing Man United manager and what memories his many achievements have given you.

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bartman in belfast wrote (526 days ago):
im the biggest ABU { anybody but united}and ive only one way to describe fergie absolute genius,happy retirement u deserve it
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