Sir Alex Ferguson
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Football lovers across the globe are paying tribute to former manager of English Premier League top side, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson who turned 79 today, December 31.

Ferguson, a legendary Scottish manager and player, born 31 December 1941, managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013 within which period he won numerous titles with the club, including 13 Premier League titles and two European Champions League trophies.

On the occasion of his 79th birthday, many supporters of the club have taken to social media to pay tribute.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest managers of all time, Ferguson has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football.

Ferguson played as a forward for several Scottish clubs, including Dunfermline Athletic and Rangers. While playing for Dunfermline, he was the top goalscorer in the Scottish league in the 1965–66 season.

Towards the end of his playing career he also worked as a coach, then started his managerial career with East Stirlingshire and St Mirren. He then enjoyed a highly successful period as manager of Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983. He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein, taking the team to the 1986 World Cup.

He was appointed manager of Manchester United in November 1986. During his 26 years with Manchester United he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and two UEFA Champions League titles.

He was knighted in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to the game.

He remains the longest-serving manager of Manchester United, having overtaken Sir Matt Busby’s record on 19 December 2010. He retired from management at the end of the 2012–13 season, winning the Premier League in his final season.