The 71-year-old Scot has been at the club for over a record 26 years and his decision to retire has certainly shook the footballing world and cast a sense of uncertainty amongst the Old Trafford faithful.
When making the highly publicised move from Aberdeen to Manchester United in 1986, he made his intentions clear – to knock Liverpool from their perch and overhaul their 18 league crowns.
In his time at Manchester United he has accumulated an awe-inspiring 38 trophies and his 13 league triumphs led the Red Devils to unceremoniously ousting their Merseyside rivals from the top of the domestic honours list with 20 league titles to the clubs name.
Many of his plaudits believe his unrivalled success with the club is down to the emphasis he puts on his youth system, his coaches and the general structure of the club; and Ferguson himself will tell you he believes these attributes are imperative to asserting yourself and a club at the top of footballing world for a sustained amount of time.
Therefore David Moyes will have to try and keep the beliefs Fergie embedded in the club in order to achieve any future success for the club.
Arguably Manchester United’s and Ferguson’s biggest strength is the never say die attitude which has seen the club come back from seemingly impossibly positions to snatch important wins.
The fabled Champions League final in 1999 against Bayern Munich in Barcelona where two goals in stoppage time secured Manchester United’s first Champions League trophy under Sir Alex is a perfect example of the attitude Ferguson instilled into the players.
Ferguson is renowned for getting the best out of his youth players and moulding them into future world class stars, and the importance he has placed upon his youth has certainly repaid him with bells on.
Players like Ryan Giggs still play an important role in the club at the age of 39 and the respect Sir Alex has for the players which have loyally served him over the years has certainly contributed to the clubs success and is what makes Manchester United such an appealing place for players to come to.
One thing’s for certain, Moyes will have to pay huge respect to the tradition of the club set by esteemed figures such as Sir Alex Ferguson, and should he do so, the club, the team and its supporters could endure a seamless transition from one manager to another.
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