Last night Manchester United were crowned Premier League champions for a record 13th time.
They strolled past Aston Villa with a blistering first-half performance that included a hat-trick for Robin van Persie. The 3-0 scoreline flattered the visiting team as Manchester United could have easily scored more.
Driven on by the indefatigable Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United secured their 20th championship with four games of the season left. As we all know, this isn’t their first title, and certainly won't be their last.
The passionate Scot’s iron fist has ruled at Old Trafford for 27 years and in that time he has built several teams and helped make Manchester United a globally recognised side.
There is no easy way to sum up the achievements of this club or their extraordinary manager but a few statistics might just help to illustrate the highs of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
Years in charge of Manchester United: 27
Years of age: 71
Premier League trophies: 13
FA Cups: 5
Champions League trophies: 2
Community Shields: 10
Manager of the Month awards: 27
League Cups: 4
Or, a tongue-in-cheek look at an alternative list:
Tonnes of chewing gum chewed: 127
BBC interviews declined: 59
Boots kicked at players: 1
Post match bottles of wine consumed: 3,946
Fourth officials deafened: 17
Watches broken by excessive tapping: 6
All-in-all, a quite stunning list of statistics that begin to paint a picture of a manager who, love him or hate him, is an incredible force within modern football. Sir Alex Ferguson, take a bow.
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