10:36 08 May 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson is to retire as Manchester United manager after at least two and a half decades with the football team, it has been confirmed on Wednesday, 8thMay.
Sir Alex, who is 71 years old, from Scotland, will retire from his role at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Sir Alex commented on his decision to step down: “The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about. It is the right time.”
Adding: “It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so.”
The news comes after much media speculation early on Wednesday morning that Sir Alex would retire.
Many see it that Sir Alex has possibly had one of the greatest football manager careers in the UK. During his time in the post the Man U team has claimed at least 38 trophies.
He has helped win two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and also a number of League Cups.
Trophies which were won by Manchester United with Sir Alex as manager include a number of Premier League trophies spanning the 1990s through to 2013.
The team also claimed victory in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008, the UEFA Super Cup in 1992 and were the Cup Winners in 1991, among others.
Man U took the Community Shield trophy many times over the last few decades.
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