21 Dec 2010

Ferguson becomes Man U's longest running manager

6:47 am on 21 December 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson has become Manchester United's longest-serving manager as he passed Sir Matt Busby's previous record span at the helm.

Sir Alex had hoped to celebrate the mark by landing a knockout blow to Chelsea's bid to retain the Premier League title - but the match between the English Premier League titans fell victim to the heavy snow sweeping much of the country.

The 68-year-old who has now been in charge for 24 years, one month and 15 days (8,811 days) in one unbroken spell stretching back to November 1986.

Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford after a successful stint at Aberdeen, where he broke a 15-year stranglehold on the Scottish title by Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic with a championship success in 1980 followed swiftly by two more and a notable Cup Winners Cup success over Real Madrid in 1983.

He's now guided United to 11 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies and five FA Cups.

Not long after starting Ferguson had Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and the Neville brothers come through the ranks.

The former United player and current board member Sir Bobby Charlton believes Sir Alex would have to be considered as one of the greatest footbal managers ever.