Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson CBE (born 31st December 1941 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish football manager and former player, currently managing Manchester United F.C. He has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of English football and has been in charge of Manchester United for more than 1,000 matches. With 20 years under his belt, he is the second-longest serving manager in the history of Manchester United after Sir Matt Busby. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time.
He has previously managed East Stirlingshire and St. Mirren, before a highly successful period as manager of Aberdeen. He was briefly the manager of the Scotland national team, in a temporary capacity owing to the death of Jock Stein, before becoming the manager of Manchester United in 1986.
At Manchester United, Sir Alex has become the most successful manager in the history of English football, having guided the team to nine league championships. In 1999, he became the first manager to lead an English team to the treble of league championship, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. As well as being the only manager to win the FA Cup five times, he is also the only manager ever to win three successive league championships in the top flight in England with the same club (1998-1999, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001).
Ferguson celebrated his 20th anniversary in charge of Manchester United on 6 November 2006. Tributes came from Ferguson's players, both past and present, as well as his old foe, Arsène Wenger, his old captain, Roy Keane, and current players. The party was spoiled the following day when United endured a single-goal defeat at the hands of Southend in the fourth round of the Carling Cup. However, on 1 December it was announced that Manchester United had signed 35 year old Henrik Larsson, a player that Alex Ferguson had admired for many years, and attempted to capture previously. On 23 December 2006, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the club's 2000th goal under the helm of Ferguson in a match against Aston Villa.
On 28 April 2007, Manchester United were 3 points ahead of Chelsea at the top of the Premiership. Both sides were playing at the same time and at half time Manchester United were 2-0 down to Everton at Goodison Park. Chelsea on the other hand were 2-1 up at Stamford Bridge; it looked as though Chelsea were on the verge of catching Man Utd. However, a sensational turnaround of events saw Manchester United launch another trademark comeback to win 4-2, with Chelsea being pegged back to 2-2, and thus handing United a 5 point lead with 3 games to go. The points on the table meant that if the Red Devils could win away in their derby against Manchester City, and Chelsea failed to beat Arsenal the following Sunday at the Emirates, then Sir Alex Ferguson's men would clinch the title.
United were 1-0 ahead via a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Late drama ensued when Manchester City won a penalty, courtesy of a much-debated "challenge" by Wes Brown on Michael Ball (replays showed Brown had pulled out of the tackle, only for Ball to launch himself into Brown) in the 80th minute. However, Edwin van der Sar came to Manchester United's rescue and saved Darius Vassell's penalty to give the Red Devils victory and put United within touching distance of their 16th league title. On 6 May 2007, Chelsea drew with Arsenal and subsequently handed Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United their ninth Premiership title. When Manchester United played Chelsea in the Premiership, Chelsea formed a Guard of Honour as the Premiership Champions emerged from the tunnel.
Although Ferguson had achieved the most illustrious domestic trophy available in England, he was denied a double by a late Didier Drogba goal in the FA Cup Final, giving Chelsea the FA Cup, which many saw as the consolation prize.