A Few Fergie Faves

With the news that Manchester United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is to retire at the end of this season after more than two and half decades in charge, I thought I’d post some of my favourite pictures I’ve taken of him. Bearing in mind he took the job just three years after I was born, I’ve got nowhere near the depth of archival imagery you might be expecting to see…plenty of this can be found at Offside Sports Photography, whose archive dates back more than half a century. You’ll have to make do with pictures from only the past few years that I’ve been doing the job…

 

Once again in possession of the Premier League trophy at the end of the 2008-2009 season
Once again in possession of the Premier League trophy at the end of the 2008-2009 season

 

An expression that means business, in 2009
An expression that means business, in 2009

 

Leaving the pitch at half time in 2009, revealing a red playing shirt under his unbuttoned trademark black coat
Leaving the pitch at half time in 2009, revealing a red playing shirt under his unbuttoned trademark black coat

 

Contemplating things, at a press conference in 2010
Contemplating things, at a press conference in 2010

 

Signing autographs for fans at Old Trafford in 2010
Signing autographs for fans at Old Trafford in 2010

 

Celebrating victory over Everton in 2011
Celebrating victory over Everton in 2011

 

Holding the Premier League trophy aloft in 2011
Holding the Premier League trophy aloft in 2011

 

Accepting his 2010-2011 Manager of the Season award in the rain on the last day of the campaign
Accepting his 2010-2011 Manager of the Season award in the rain on the last day of the campaign

 

Receiving a warm welcome from mascot Fred The Red in 2011
Receiving a warm welcome from mascot Fred The Red in 2011

 

A wry smile before kick-off against Wolves in early 2012
A wry smile before kick-off against Wolves in early 2012

 

Doing his bit during a training session in 2012
Doing his bit during a training session in 2012

 

A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is unveiled in front of the stand named after him at Old Trafford
A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is unveiled in front of the stand named after him at Old Trafford

 

A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford
A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford

 

The stand named after him at Old Trafford, with his statue standing proudly in front of it
The stand named after him at Old Trafford, with his statue standing proudly in front of it

 

In jovial mood ahead of a late-December fixture against West Brom in 2012
In jovial mood ahead of a late-December fixture against West Brom in 2012

 

Shaking hands with Everton manager David Moyes, the man tipped to succeed him in the future, before their match in February this year
Shaking hands with Everton manager David Moyes, the man tipped to succeed him in the future, before their match in February this year

 

Watching a training session alongside club legend Sir Bobby Charlton in 2013
Watching a training session alongside club legend Sir Bobby Charlton in 2013

 

In profile, only last month
In profile, only last month

 

Celebrating the club's 20th League title, their 13th under his reign as manager
Celebrating the club’s 20th League title, their 13th under his reign as manager

 

Acknowledging the crowd as he celebrates his final title as Man Utd manager, shortly before announcing his retirement in 2013
Acknowledging the crowd as he celebrates his final title as Man Utd manager, shortly before announcing his retirement in 2013

 

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