Sir Alex Ferguson used his last post-match interview at Old Trafford to set the cat amongst the pigeons with regard to Wayne Rooney's future. After yesterday's win over Swansea, Fergie confirmed that Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United, as we reported last week. The outgoing manager also confirmed the club's stance that the [.
An early exit after 27 years: Sir Alex steps down in his own style
By Anthony Lopopolo
The numbers pop out of his resume like eyes out of a cartoon character: he won 27 major trophies with United over the same number of years; he outlasted 116 managers on seven major European clubs; and he's won 75% of his home games at Old Trafford.
A guard of honour, a standing ovation, a rousing speech and tears in the crowd Sir Alex Ferguson's farewell last night had elements of a golden moment that will be forever inscribed in Man United's history. Come on now, you must've felt something even as a neutral (is that a soft "NO", Everton fans?
It was a Saturday morning game for the youth team at the old Cliff training ground. I was lucky. I was in a side that had Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Nicky Butt, who had scored a hat-trick, and at half-time we were 3-0 up against Chester.
We were all 16 or 17 so we must have felt pretty pleased with ourselves.
Bookmakers Paddy Power never shy away from the chance to create a cheeky billboard and they certainly never miss an opportunity for some controversial PR. So, they've jumped on the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring as Manchester United manager by suggesting that somewhere a Liverpool fan has just one wish left.
Yesterday Sir Alex dropped the bombshell that he is officially retiring at the end of this season. As for most privileged Reds of Generation X and Z, Fergie is all I've ever really known. Whilst in the deepest recesses of my subconscious rests Big Ron, Fergie is the only footballing face of authority I've ever really recognized.
The legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that he will voluntarily close the curtains on his glittery Man United career at the end of the season. His departure is fitting in these circumstances of course, given the fact that the club fought tooth and nail to prize the title back from their Manchester rivals this season.
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Strange stories coming out of Manchester today. The initial rumor was that Everton manager David Moyes was going to leave Everton and become Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant next season with the goal of taking over from Fergie in 2014 after the World Cup.
But that story has been topped by the rumor that Fergie will step down as United boss and the end of the season and that Moyes will take over the reigns at Old Trafford.
Chelsea defender David Luiz enjoyed a little giggle to himself after Manchester United right-back Rafael kicked him during yesterday's 0-1 win for the Blues at Old Trafford. Luiz earned a place on United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's naughty list for the incident. But given that Fergie has found it in his heart to work alongside [.
Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed at Old Trafford 369 days before I was born, meaning that for me and for many of my generation the thought of United without Fergie is simply unthinkable, for he's been in charge throughout my first quarter of a century. However, sooner or later, even the man from [...]
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson took a moment out of his side's title celebrations to pay particular tribute to centre-back Phil Jones. Fergie tipped the former Blackburn youngster to surpass the likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton and Duncan Edwards to become the greatest player to ever grace Old Trafford.
Manchester United forward Bebe, currently on loan with Portuguese side Rio Ave, revealed some rather entertaining behind-the-scenes information on Sir Alex Ferguson's regime yesterday. Spilling the beans to Mais Futebol website, the £7 million man highlighted the antagonistic relationship between the United manager and regularly under-fire winger Nani.
Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of David de Gea after he has gone 627 minutes without conceding a Premier League goal.
"They have all improved," said Ferguson of his back-line. "The concentration has become better and the importance of the games has helped that. But you're right, David De Gea has developed and matured as the season has gone on.
Sir Alex Ferguson has again moved to dismiss stories in the paper this week that Wayne Rooney is set to leave Manchester United.
Two newspapers have been banned from Ferguson's press conferences as a result of the reports, with some bizarrely suggesting that the relationship between the manager and player had deteriorated so much that they don't even talk to each other on the training ground.
Sir Alex Ferguson has come out swinging in response to rumours that wanted Wayne Rooney on his way out of Old Trafford, following his omission from the starting line-up against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Speculation had since grown on tabloids and broadsheets that the United striker could be leaving the club in the summer, [.
Whilst Shinji Kagawa has shown great potential since joining United in the summer, we've yet to see him shine on a consistent basis. He has spent a large chunk of the season injured and for some reason seems to fade in the second half and not influence the game as much.
Sir Alex Ferguson has today defended Kagawa and claimed that our young Japanese player is still adapting to the more physical nature of this league.
Sir Alex Ferguson's successor has for over a decade been the big white elephant in the room at Old Trafford. The club knows Fergie will eventually step down, the fans know it and the players know it. Names of managers more or less likely to takeover from Sir Alex have engulfed the papers' sport pages [.
Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of some of our young players, in light of Danny Welbeck's goal at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid this week.
Welbeck has been at the club since he was 9-years-old and grew up on the same street as Wes and Reece Brown. Ferguson reckons that Welbeck is part of the next generation of players to make their way up through the ranks who can serve as inspiration for our other young players.
Manchester United's future is bright but full of speculation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As managerial reigns go, few can hold a candle to Sir Alex Ferguson's time at Manchester United. In 26 and a half years, Sir Alex won 38 trophies, helped to develop numerous world-class stars like Roy Keane, Peter Schmiechel, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, oversaw the rapid expansion of Old Trafford to its current 75,000-plus capacity and made us a team to be feared.
After a day of drama at Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson announced he will retire at the end of the season, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive late last night. Shortly after Chelsea had drawn at home to Tottenham, reports had surfaced that Wayne Rooney had asked for a transfer for a second time from Manchester United and it had been rejected by Fergie two weeks ago.
United fail to beat the neighbors twice this season as City get the 3 points at Old Trafford. Fergie reassures that United are in 'good form'. Let's hope so. You can Download the full-size version here Follow @MuadhKalbani
It seems like we can't go a day without a different transfer rumour linking players with a move to United or away from the club. Today, the papers' speculation focus on Old Trafford's very own Mr Marmite, otherwise known as Nani. The Portuguese's petulance and ability to irritate people comparable only to those of flies [.
A week before winning the Champions League in Moscow, Rio Ferdinand signed a five year contract with United. With Nemanja Vidic, he formed the best defensive partnership in Europe that season and it was great to see him commit his long term future to the club.
Ferdinand turns 35-years-old later this year and his contract is set to expire in the summer.