OTD in 2013: Sir Alex Ferguson announces retirement after 26 years as United manager

On this day in 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from the beautiful game after 26 remarkable years as manager of Manchester United.

Sir Alex made the decision to retire at 71 years old after securing United’s 20th league title at the end of the 2012/2013 campaign.

It marked the 13th Premier League lifted under his tenure, adding to an illustrious cabinet that also included two Champions League trophies, five FA Cups, four League Cups and so many more – a prestigious legacy that is truly unsurpassable by any other manager.

Sir Alex lifts the Premier League title in his final season as manager

The news was kept from the media for several months before it became public knowledge 10 years ago today, leaving fans, players, reporters and neutrals shellshocked that football’s greatest manager was bringing the curtains down.

The impossible dream made possible

He holds a place in every Reds’ heart for all that he gave and did for our beloved club from the moment he stepped foot in the dugout to his departing speech in front of an adoring Stretford End, with not a dry eye left in the stadium when he exited down the tunnel for the final time later that May.

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