• On November 6th 1986, Manchester United revealed their new manager; a promising young Scot, who had achieved wonders with Aberdeen, named Alex Ferguson.
  • Ferguson was chosen as Ron Atkinson's replacement, in the hope that he would be able to lead United to success after a slump in the 1986/87 season.
  • However his tenure got off to a bad start with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of strugglers Oxford United, leaving the Reds second from bottom.
  • Though the Scotsman would steady the ship and lead United to a respectable 11th-place finish, with a notable double over eventual runners-up Liverpool.
  • In an attempt to build on this, Fergie brought in Viv Anderson and Brian McClair. These new signings helped United to a second-place finish in 1987/88.
  • Mark Hughes was brought back to Old Trafford in '88 with great things expected of United. It was however a disappointing season as the Reds finished 11th.
  • The Scot's only appearance in a United shirt came in a pre-season friendly against Somerset Cricket Club, when both he and Archie Knox played up front.
  • Ferguson was called to an FA disciplinary hearing in 1990; a situation that he would become accustomed to as a man never afraid of voicing his opinions.
  • The 1989-90 season was to prove the most succesful yet for Fergie, as he guided his team to the FA Cup final and a second-place finish in the league.
  • Possibly the game that saved Ferguson's career, as after seven games without a win Mark Robins' goal knocked an in-form Forest out of the FA Cup.
  • Ferguson celebrates winning his first major honour with Manchester United after beating Crystal Palace in extra-time of the 1990 FA Cup final replay.
  • Success in the FA Cup qualified United for the Cup Winners' Cup, which they won in 1991.
  • Two United legends, Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby hold aloft the European Cup Winners' Cup.
  • Fergie was however unable to complete a cup double, as Atkinson led his Sheffield Wednesday side to victory over United in the League Cup final.

Sir Alex: 1986-1991

On November 6th 1986, Manchester United revealed their new manager; a promising young Scot, who had achieved wonders with Aberdeen, named Alex Ferguson.