Alex: The Man Behind The Legend

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This was enough for Manchester bookmaker Fred Done to pay out on punters who backed the champions retaining their title. United failed to retain the Champions League, as they lost in the quarter-final stage to eventual winners Real Madrid. It was claimed during the tribunal by St Mirren chairman, Willie Todd, that Ferguson had "no managerial ability". Liverpool's points lead, however, had been in double digits for most of the season and while United had lost only five league games all season, they drew 12 games and there was clearly still some way to go before United could be a match for their northwestern rivals.

He was initially worried that many of the players, such as Norman Whiteside, Paul McGrath and Bryan Robson were drinking too much and was "depressed" by their level of fitness, but he managed to increase the players' discipline and United climbed up the table to finish the season in 11th place, having been 21st (second from bottom) when he took over. On 21 May 2008, Ferguson won his second European Cup with Manchester United as they beat Chelsea 6–5 on penalties in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, following a 1–1 draw after extra time in the first ever all-English UEFA Champions League Final. Tributes also came from Ferguson's players, both past and present, [156] as well as his old foe, Arsène Wenger.Ferguson took the blame for the defeat, saying he should have made changes to the team for the replay.

They also won the League Cup on penalties after a goalless draw in the final against Tottenham, after becoming the first British club to win the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2008. Ferguson now felt that he had the respect of his players, later saying: "That was the achievement which united us. Dunfermline signed him the following summer (1964), and Ferguson became a full-time professional footballer. Although Aberdeen were one of Scotland's major clubs they had won the league only once, in 1955 under Dave Halliday.Ferguson was heavily criticised in the summer of 1995 when three of United's star players were allowed to leave and replacements were not bought.

A shortage of goals and being held to draws by teams they had been expected to beat in the second half of the campaign had proved to be the undoing of a United side who had performed so well in the first half of the season.

On 1 December it was announced that Manchester United had signed 35-year-old Henrik Larsson on loan, [159] a player that Ferguson had admired for many years, and attempted to capture previously. Alex is the most up-to-date biography of Sir Alex Ferguson, the most decorated manager in British football history.

Under Ferguson, the team made a better go in the Champions League and reached the semi-final stage for the first time in 28 years. In a column for The Daily Telegraph, Hansen said Ferguson "will recognise this difficult start to the season for what it is: the greatest challenge of his career". They had three sons together: Mark (born 1968); and twins Darren (born 1972), [256] who was also a professional footballer and most recently a manager of Peterborough United; and Jason, who runs an events management company. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football.Ferguson was the first winner of the Premier League Manager of the Month award, introduced for the start of the 1993–94 season, when he collected the accolade for August 1993.

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