Sir Alex Ferguson is now a part of Manchester United history after a quarter century at the helm. He left a legacy in the Premier League and the world which is unforgettable and maybe unsurpassable.
The achievements of Sir Alex Ferguson are unique in the history of the Premier League. In response, The Premier League Insider declares Sir Alex Ferguson Manager of the Year for 2013 for the following brief reasons.
The Treble and One 1999
Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup in 1999. During the same year, the two won the Intercontinental Cup.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich faced each other in the 1999 UEFA Champions League held at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. It was not an easy task as the Germans appeared to be winning with one goal from Bassler.
Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with two last minute goals. The result was Manchester United’s first UEFA Champions League victory since the 1960’s.
The Premier League final between Manchester United and the Tottenham Hotspur was unforgettable. The Red Devils scored two goals in comparison with one from the Spurs to win.
Manchester United left Newcastle United scoreless to win the 1999 FA Cup. The 1999 Intercontinental Cup was won by United after defeating Palmeiras.
Miracle in Moscow
The historical rivals Manchester United and Chelsea faced each other in the 2009 UEFA Champions League final. They were held at the Stadion Luzhniki in Moscow, Russia.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal for Manchester United. Frank Lampard equalized for Chelsea and the tensions were high.
After extra time, the match ended in penalties with Manchester United triumphant.
Exporting the Manchester United Brand
Sir Alex Ferguson embraced globalization of sports by promoting Manchester United. While Manchester United was familiar in England and British Commonwealth countries, it was not in other areas.
Ferguson managed to spread Manchester United into Asia and the Americas with friendly matches. In the case of the Americas, Ferguson signed Javier [Chicharito] Hernandez from Chivas of Guadalajara in 2010.
The Stars of Manchester United
The Ferguson era witnessed stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Wayne Rooney, and David Beckham among others. They contributed in their way to the progress that Old Trafford made in more than a quarter century.
Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the highest achievers in Manchester United with one UEFA Champions League victory. Eric Cantona managed to raise the performance bar at Manchester United to higher levels.
Wayne Rooney managed to score 141 goals within 278 appearances at Old Trafford.
David Beckham achieved superstardom in Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. According to The Daily Mail, Beckham won for United and Ferguson: six Premier League trophies, four FA [Football Association] Community Shields, two FA Cups, one UEFA Champions League trophy, and one Intercontinental Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson is irreplaceable and will be missed. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Manchester United.