The news broke today that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is to step-down from his managerial post at Old Trafford and take a place on the board, ending his 27-year stay at the club.

Joining Manchester United as an unknown figure back in 1986, Ferguson now leaves the club in 2013 as a hero and as the best ever manager to embrace the footballing world.

Reports came out last night that there was a strong chance he will be stepping down and this morning it was officially confirmed by the club and by the man himself.

There are already talks of his potential replacement, but no-one will be able to properly fill the gap that Ferguson leaves.

So where were Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson took over? I can confirm they were 19th in the Premier League after winning just three out of their first 13 games in the '86 season.

So he joined a club who were sitting in 19th in England and he leaves the club sitting in the top three arguably in the world.

Below you can see what the Premier League table looked like when Sir Alex Ferguson joined Manchester United.

1. Nottingham Forest
2. Arsenal
3. Liverpool
4. West Ham United
5. Norwich City
6. Everton
7. Luton Town 
8. Coventry City
9. Tottenham Hotspur
10. Wimbledon
11. Sheffield Wednesday
12. Southampton
13. Queens Park Rangers
14. Charlton Athletic
15. Oxford United
16. Aston Villa
17. Watford
18. Leicester City
20. Chelsea
21. Manchester City
22. Newcastle United

So not only is the surprise of Manchester United being 19th, there are also surprises with other teams being in the top-tier flight. The likes of; Luton Town, Wimbledon, Oxford United and Sheffield Wednesday all battling it out in the top-tier.


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