Sir Alex Ferguson’s 5 dates with destiny

As Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates his 75th birthday, UEFA.com picks out a dates that tangible a manager’s grant to a game.


11 May 1983, Aberdeen 2-1 Real Madrid
European Cup Winners’ Cup final, Nya Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
“Don’t tell anybody, yet trust me, what a possibility we have got,” Sir Alex had told his partner Archie Knox before a game. Beating Bayern München in a quarter-finals was sincerely incredible, yet this final success in slimy Gothenberg was something else entirely.


Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC) 1986
Sir Alex took over during Old Trafford in 1986©Getty Images

Juanito’s chastisement cancelled out Eric Black’s seventh-minute opener, yet a Dons stole a day in additional time, John Hewitt streamer in Mark McGhee’s cranky after 112 minutes. Madrid fable Alfredo Di Stéfano summed it up: “Aberdeen have what income can’t buy; a soul, a group suggestion built in a family tradition.”

6 Nov 1986, Appointed Manchester United manager
Arsenal, Tottenham and Rangers had all sounded Sir Alex out during his time during Aberdeen, yet it took a call from Old Trafford for a Scot – afterwards 44 – to leave Pittodrie. He was selected to reinstate Ron Atkinson, yet it took a clever evidence from bar fable Sir Bobby Charlton to convince United’s directors to name him forward of Terry Venables.


Celebration (Manchester United FC) 1993
Manchester United applaud winning a 1993 Premier League title©Getty Images

“I asked my associate directors if they had seen Ferguson on a touchline when Aberdeen scored their feat in Gothenburg,” removed Sir Bobby. “I pronounced he had lived sexually each impulse of a game, charging on to a pitch, stuffing his players with self belief.” Sold.

2 May 1993, Aston Villa 0-1 Oldham
Premier League fixture
Sir Alex’s early years during United were not easy, fans venting their disappointment during a viewed skip of success in Dec 1989. However, United hold firm, and were rewarded in a prolonged run. First, a Reds flog Crystal Palace FC to win a FA Cup in 1990, afterwards a side built to his specifications finally won their initial English pretension given 1967, yet Sir Alex was out on a golf march when he found out. He recalled: “A male we didn’t know came over a mountain with a outrageous grin on his face and said: ‘Excuse me Mr Ferguson, we are a champions. Oldham have won during Villa.'”


Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC) 1999
Sir Alex after United’s overwhelming 1999 triumph©Getty Images

26 May 1999 Manchester United 2-1 Bayern München
UEFA Champions League final, Camp Nou
“Football – bloody hell.” Sir Alex’s response to camera after his side incited final better into feat with combined time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær sojourn partial of footballing folklore. It was a initial time United had won a tip esteem in bar football underneath Sir Alex and finished a extensive treble, following joining and FA Cup successes.

“I was usually starting to adjust to losing a game,” Sir Alex pronounced later. “I had reminded myself to keep my grace and accept that it wasn’t going to be a year. What afterwards happened simply dumbfounded me.” He was not a usually one.


Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC) 2008
Sir Alex guided Untied to another European delight in 2008©Getty Images

21 May 2008 Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (aet, United win 6-5 on penalties)
UEFA Champions League final, Luzhniki Stadium
Fifty years on from a Munich atmosphere crash, and 40 years given United were initial crowned European champions, Edwin outpost der Sar blocked Nicolas Anelka’s mark flog to bind a third European Champion Clubs’ Cup for United and a second of Sir Alex’s reign, John Terry carrying slipped to skip an progressing bid for Chelsea that would have handed them victory.

“I pronounced we wouldn’t let a memory of a Busby Babes down,” Sir Alex said. “Fate played the palm today. We had a means that is critical and people with causes turn really formidable people to quarrel against.”