Sir Alex Ferguson named the best manager of the Premier League's 20 years
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has today been named the Premier League's best manager over its twenty seasons by a panel of leading football figures, journalists and commentators. Ferguson, who has been in charge of United since 1986, is the only person to have managed during the competition's entire 20-year history and has won an unrivalled 12 Premier League titles, making him the most successful manager in the league's era. We look at twelve reasons why Ferguson is the Premier League's greatest manager to date.
1. Ten Manager of the year awards
During his time at United Ferguson has won the league's Manager of the year award an incredible ten times after turning his side into the most successful club in the history of England's top-flight.
2. Twelve Premier League titles
Ferguson has led his side to over half of the Premier League's titles, fending off an array of foes along the way and making his side the most decorated team in the history of the Premier League.
3. Overhauling Liverpool as the country's most successful club
United's biggest rivals, Liverpool, were comfortably the most successful club in England's top-flight with 16 league titles when Ferguson took over at Old Trafford but have now been usurped by the Red Devils who have 20 league championships to their name as a result of their dominance under Ferguson.
4. Ending United's 26 year title draught
When Ferguson won the first Premier League title with United at the end of the 1992-93 season, he ended the Old Trafford side's 26 year top-flight draught and built the foundations of United's success over the last twenty years.
5. Current longest serving manager
Whilst the likes of Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Kevin Keegan and Roberto Mancini have all challenged, and at times bettered Ferguson's United side, Ferguson has continued to excel in re-building and re-developing his squads which have made him the current longest-serving manager in the top flight. Ferguson has been in charge of the club for 25 years, an incredible feat in the cut-throat world of top-flight management.
6. No-one is bigger than the club
The likes of Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and David Beckham have all been given the boot by Ferguson despite their roles as key players in the United side. Never one to allow a player to become bigger than his club, Ferguson has never been afraid to move on players who threaten his and the club's position at the top.
7. The Champions League
Ferguson has delivered two Champions League trophies to United with their first since 1968 coming in dramatic fashion in 1999. His second came in 2008 which made United the most successful English club in Europe's top competition over the course of the last twenty years.
8. Five FA Cup wins
Although they haven't lifted the trophy since 2004 United are the most decorated club in the FA Cup's history with Ferguson adding eleven titles to the six that they had won before he arrived at the Manchester club.
9. The mind-games
The 70 year-old Scot is the master of torment when it comes to his nearest rivals and has managed to disrupt numerous title challenges from his closest foes with just an off-hand comment or two, just ask Kevin Keegan.
10. Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes
Ferguson's management and handling of two of the greatest players in the league's history has meant that we have been blessed with watching the pair torment opposition for nearly two decades.
11. The signings
Always astute in the transfer market, particular highlights have been the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Eric Cantona who are two of the most iconic footballer's in the history of English football. Ferguson also knows knows when to move a player on. Ronaldo, signed for £12m from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, went on to be bought for £38m by Real Madrid and now has a buyout clause worth £1bn.
12. The United philosophy
As well as bringing youngsters through the club and turning them into heroes in the eyes of the United faithful, Ferguson has made United known for their attacking, attractive style of play which is something that his predecessor will have to embrace.