Experience: 39 years (1974-2013)
Years with Manchester United: 27 years (1986-2013)
Career stats: Knighted in 1999 for his services to the game. His United team of 1998-99 won a treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League. His tenure is the longest of any United manager, beating Matt Busby by three years.
English league titles: 13 (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)
Champions League/European Cups: 2 (1998–99, 2007–08)
All-time Manchester United team role: Manager
Bottom line: Manchester United has had two great managers. Matt Busby — who managed the club from 1945 to 1969, laid the foundations for the club, and was later knighted — was one. Alex Ferguson was the other.
And it was Ferguson who modernized the club and took it back to the top for its most sustained period of success, from the start of the 1990s until 2013, when he retired at 72.
"Football, bloody hell," he said after winning his first Champions League with two late goals. "But they never gave in, and that's what won it." That spirit embodied the relentless approach to the game that brought Ferguson and United so much success.