Ferguson was appointed manager at Old Trafford on 6 November He was initially worried that many of the players, such as Norman Whiteside , Paul McGrath and Bryan Robson were drinking too much and was "depressed" by their level of fitness, but he managed to increase the players' discipline and United climbed up the table to finish the season in 11th place, having been 21st second from bottom when he took over. His first game in charge was a 2—0 defeat at Oxford United on 8 November, followed seven days later by a goalless draw at newly promoted Norwich City , and then his first win 1—0 at home to Queens Park Rangers on 22 November.
Results steadily improved as the season went on, and by the time they recorded what would be their only away win of the league campaign at title challengers and deadly rivals Liverpool on Boxing Day , it was clear that United were on the road to recovery. Ferguson's mother Elizabeth died of lung cancer, aged 64, three weeks after his appointment. Ferguson appointed Archie Knox , his assistant at Aberdeen, as his assistant at Manchester United in The new players made a great contribution to a United team who finished in second place, nine points behind Liverpool. Liverpool's points lead, however, had been in double digits for most of the season and while United had lost only five league games all season, they drew 12 games and there was clearly still some way to go before United could be a match for their north western rivals.
During the season, United played two friendly matches in Bermuda against the Bermuda national team and the Somerset Cricket Club. The match was Ferguson's only appearance for the Manchester United first team. United were expected to do well when Mark Hughes returned to the club two years after leaving for Barcelona , but the —89 season was a disappointment for them, finishing 11th in the league and losing 1—0 at home to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Sixth Round.
They had begun the season slowly, going on a nine-match winless run throughout October and November with one defeat and eight draws before a run of generally good results took them to third place and the fringes of the title challenge by mid February. However, another run of disappointing results in the final quarter of the season saw them fall down to mid-table.
For the —90 season , Ferguson further boosted his squad by paying large sums of money for midfielders Neil Webb , Mike Phelan and Paul Ince , as well as defender Gary Pallister and winger Danny Wallace. The season began well with a 4—1 win over defending champions Arsenal on the opening day, but United's league form quickly turned sour.
In September, United suffered a humiliating 5—1 away defeat against fierce rivals Manchester City. Following this and an early season run of six defeats and two draws in eight games, a banner declaring, "Three years of excuses and it's still crap Ferguson, however, later said that the board of directors had assured him that they were not considering dismissing him. Although naturally disappointed with the lack of success in the league, they understood the reasons for the sub-standard results namely the absence of several key players due to injury and were pleased with the way that Ferguson had reorganised the club's coaching and scouting system.
Forest were performing well that season and were in the process of winning the League Cup for the second season running,  and it was expected that United would lose the match and Ferguson would consequently be sacked, but United won the game 1—0 due to a Mark Robins goal and eventually reached the final. This cup win is often cited as the match that saved Ferguson's Old Trafford career, even though it has since been stated that his job was never at risk. United's defensive frailties in the first match were unilaterally blamed on goalkeeper Jim Leighton, forcing Ferguson to drop his former Aberdeen player and bring in Les Sealey.
Although United's league form improved greatly in —91 , they were still inconsistent and finished sixth. There were some excellent performances that season, including a 6—2 demolition of Arsenal at Highbury , but results like an early 2—1 loss at newly promoted Sunderland , a 4—0 September hammering by Liverpool at Anfield, and a 2—0 home defeat by Everton in early March the game where year-old talented prospect Ryan Giggs made his senior debut showed that United still had some way to go. After the match, Ferguson vowed that United would win the league the following season, and at long last he seemed to have won over the last of his sceptics after nearly five years in the job.
During the close season, Ferguson's assistant Archie Knox departed to Rangers to become assistant to Walter Smith , and Ferguson promoted youth team coach Brian Kidd to the role of assistant manager in Knox's place. He also made two major signings — goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and defender Paul Parker — to bolster his side. There was much anticipation about the breakthrough of the young Ryan Giggs, who had played twice and scored once in the —91 campaign, and the earlier emergence of another impressive young winger in the shape of Lee Sharpe , who despite their youth had made Ferguson feel able to resist plunging into the transfer market and buying a new player to take over from the disappointing Danny Wallace on the left wing.
He had also added the Ukrainian Andrei Kanchelskis to the right wing, giving him a more attacking alternative to older midfielders Mike Phelan and Bryan Robson. The —92 season did not live up to Ferguson's expectations and, in Ferguson's words, "many in the media felt that [his] mistakes had contributed to the misery". A shortage of goals and being held to draws by teams they had been expected to beat in the second half of the campaign had proved to be the undoing of a United side who had performed so well in the first half of the season.
Ferguson felt that his failure to secure the signing of Mick Harford from Luton Town had cost United the league, and that he needed "an extra dimension" to the team if they were to win the league the following season. During the close season, Ferguson went on the hunt for a new striker.
He also made at least one approach for the Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst , but manager Trevor Francis rejected all offers and the player stayed put. After a slow start to the —93 season they were 10th of 22 at the beginning of November it looked as though United would miss out on the league title now the Premier League yet again.
Cantona formed a strong partnership with Mark Hughes and fired the club to the top of the table, ending United's year wait for a League Championship, and also making them the first ever Premier League Champions. United had finished champions with a ten-point margin over runners-up Aston Villa , whose 1—0 defeat at Oldham Athletic on 2 May had given United the title.
The —94 season brought more success. United led the —94 Premier League table virtually from start to finish. Ferguson was the very first winner of the Premier League Manager of the Month award, introduced for the start of the —94 season, when he collected the accolade for August Cantona was top scorer with 25 goals in all competitions despite being sent off twice in the space of five days in March In the FA Cup final, Manchester United achieved an impressive 4—0 scoreline against Chelsea , winning Ferguson his second League and Cup Double , following his Scottish Premier Division and Scottish Cup titles with Aberdeen in —85, though the League Cup final defeat meant that he had not yet achieved a repeat of the treble that he had achieved with Aberdeen in There were newspaper reports that Ferguson was also going to sign highly rated year-old striker Chris Sutton from Norwich City, but the player headed for Blackburn instead.
Cantona assaulted a Crystal Palace supporter in a game at Selhurst Park , and it seemed likely he would leave English football. An eight-month ban saw Cantona miss the final four months of the season. He also received a day prison sentence for the offence but the sentence was quashed on appeal and replaced by a hour community service order. The season also saw the breakthrough of young players Gary Neville , Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes , who provided excellent cover for the long periods that United were left without some of their more experienced stars.
However, the championship slipped out of Manchester United's grasp as they drew 1—1 with West Ham United on the final day of the season, when a win would have given them a third successive league title. United also lost the FA Cup final in a 1—0 defeat by Everton. Ferguson was heavily criticised in the summer of when three of United's star players were allowed to leave and replacements were not bought.
Ferguson felt that United had a number of young players who were ready to play in the first team. And so the —96 season began without a major signing, at a time when the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle were making the headlines with big-money signings. A youthful United team lost 3—1 in their opening league game of the —96 season, against Aston Villa. For much of the season, the team trailed league leaders Newcastle and found themselves ten points behind by Christmas; this later was narrowed to seven points after defeating them on 27 December The gap increased to 12 points, but a series of wins, coupled with Newcastle dropping points, meant by late March, United moved to the top of the table.
In a televised outburst after his team's win against Leeds, Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan responded angrily to Ferguson's comments: I would love it if we beat them, love it.
A week after the cup final, Ferguson agreed a four-year contract to remain at United. United won their fourth league title in five seasons at the end of the —97 campaign , made easier by the fact that their rivals were "not up to the job". In May , Cantona informed Ferguson of his decision to retire from football.
Ferguson described him as "the best all-round player in the game" after the team's FA Charity Shield win and believed Keane had "all the right ingredients" to succeed from Cantona. Defeat by Leeds United in September was the team's first league loss in seven months; Keane during the match injured himself and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season with ligament damage. By November, United opened up a four-point lead in the league, which prompted talk of whether any team could catch them.
Arsenal collected maximum points, sealing the title with a win against Everton on 3 May I wholeheartedly acknowledge what Arsenal achieved between Christmas and the end of the season. In December , Kidd left his role as assistant to become the manager of Blackburn Rovers. Ferguson instructed Eric Harrison and Les Kershaw to find suitable replacements, "in terms of coaching ability and work ethic.
McClaren was Ferguson's initial choice and appointed him in February His first game as assistant was United's 8—1 victory over Nottingham Forest. Ferguson felt United's bid to regain the Premier League began indifferently because of their commitments to other competitions. He was willing to "pay for the progress" made in the Champions League; the team finished second in their Champions League "group of death", behind Bayern Munich and ahead of Barcelona.
United's win against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round was a portent for the remainder of the season. In the final weeks of the league season, Arsenal emerged as a creditable challenger to United. Both clubs were also paired together in the semi-final of the FA Cup, decided by a replay as the original game finished goalless. Keane was sent off in the second half and United conceded a penalty late into the match with the score 1—1. Dennis Bergkamp 's effort was saved by Peter Schmeichel. Giggs ran the length of the pitch and evaded several Arsenal players to score the winning goal.
United's progression in the Champions League was promising compared to previous seasons. The team eliminated Inter Milan at the quarter-final stage and faced Juventus in the last four of the competition. A late goal scored by Giggs in the first leg earned the team a 1—1 draw, but in spite of conceding an away goal, Ferguson was adamant of United's chances of reaching the final: The nature of our club is that we torture ourselves so much that the only way to get relief is by winning over there. It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field.
Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player. Ferguson contemplated his team selection against Bayern Munich; suspensions to Scholes and Keane ruled both players out of the match. Sheringham, who came on for Blomqvist, equalised from a corner in the first minute of additional time.
McClaren told Ferguson to get the team organised for extra time, to which he replied, "Steve, this game isn't finished. Ferguson, interviewed moments after, said, "I can't believe it. I can't believe it. But they never gave in and that's what won it. A crowd of over , people turned out on the streets of Manchester to greet the players, who paraded through the city in an open-top bus. The club also entered the inaugural Club World Championship , which was held in Brazil. This brought about a potential fixture congestion so United accepted the FA's recommendation of withdrawing from the FA Cup, the first holders to do so.
That was the political situation. I regretted it because we got nothing but stick and terrible criticism for not being in the FA Cup when really, it wasn't our fault. Schmeichel's decision to leave United after eight seasons prompted Ferguson to bring in replacements: The latter featured in four matches, the last of which a 5—0 defeat at Chelsea in October ; he was not selected again by Ferguson. United ended the — league season as champions, with just three defeats and a record points margin of In the —01 season , United retained the league title for a third season, becoming only the fourth side in history to do so.
The achievement was overshadowed by reports of a rift between the club's board and Ferguson. I'm going to leave the club. I'm disappointed with what has happened because I was hoping something would be sorted out. It hasn't happened as I thought it would and that's all there is to it. When you have been at the club as long as I have it gets in your blood.
It changed my sense of my own fitness, my health. In May , McClaren left to become Middlesbrough manager,  with Jimmy Ryan being named assistant to Ferguson for the duration of the campaign. The club endured a poor first half to the season and languished in ninth position after a home defeat by West Ham in December His family convinced him to remain in charge of United; Cathy bluntly listed her reasoning: Two, I'm not having you in the house. And three, you're too young anyway. Once Ferguson publicised his decision to remain in February , United's form improved.
The team won 13 out of 15 matches, though finished third in the league behind Arsenal and Liverpool. United was unsuccessful in Europe, losing their Champions League semi-final on away goals to Bayer Leverkusen.
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Ferguson himself said that the decision to pre-announce his retirement had resulted in a negative effect on the players and on his ability to impose discipline. In June , Ferguson appointed Carlos Queiroz as his new assistant. Ferguson was so impressed with Queiroz after their first meeting, he offered him the job "right away".
The club broke the British transfer record once more, though this did not concern Ferguson: The —03 season began rather poorly for United; the club made its worst start to a league campaign in 13 years. I don't get paid to panic. We have had plenty of stuttering starts. My greatest challenge is not what's happening at the moment. My greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their fucking perch.
And you can print that. Several players were sent away for surgery in this period, a "minor gamble" Ferguson took in the hope they would return energised. Defeats, such as the one to Manchester City at Maine Road in November , forced United to change their playing style. United's league form improved as the season went on despite defeat by Liverpool in the Football League Cup Final and they overhauled Arsenal to win the Premier League for an eighth time in May United in the meantime rebuilt their team: Ronaldinho might have also joined "had he not said yes, then no, to our offer".
Ferguson admitted the signings the club made did not work out in hindsight: In December , Rio Ferdinand was banned from playing football for eight months after he failed to present himself at a drugs test. They didn't go looking for Rio". The absence of Ferdinand hampered United's defence of the Premier League in the —04 season ; the team finished third behind Arsenal's " Invincibles " and Chelsea.
In Europe, they experienced defeat at the hands of eventual winners Porto. Ferguson felt it was possible "not because of the performance of the players but because of the referee", who disallowed a legitimate Scholes goal that would have been enough to progress. United ended the campaign as FA Cup winners, beating Millwall 3—0 in the final. But the lack of a striker after Ruud van Nistelrooy spent most of the season injured saw the club finish third for the third time in four seasons.
In the —05 FA Cup , they lost on penalties to Arsenal. A second round exit from the European Cup at the hands of Milan and a semi-final exit from the League Cup at the hands of eventual winners Chelsea who also clinched the Premier League title meant that —05 was a rare instance of a trophyless season for United. During the season, Ferguson managed his 1,th game in charge of United in a 2—1 home win against Lyon. Ferguson's preparations for the —06 season were disrupted by a high-profile dispute with major shareholder John Magnier , over the ownership of the racehorse Rock of Gibraltar.
When Magnier and business partner J. McManus agreed to sell their shares to American business tycoon Malcolm Glazer , it cleared the way for Glazer to acquire full control of the club. This sparked violent protests from United fans,  and disrupted Ferguson's plans to strengthen the team in the transfer market. In spite of this, United looked to solve their goalkeeping and midfield problems. The season was one of transition.
On 18 November, Roy Keane officially left the club, his contract ended by mutual consent. Winning the League Cup was a consolation prize for lack of success elsewhere. Ruud van Nistelrooy's future at Old Trafford seemed to be in doubt after not starting in the League Cup final, and he departed at the end of the season. Before the start of the new season, Ferguson received much criticism, particular in the guise of an article in The Guardian titled "Shredding his legacy at every turn". The signing of Carrick, which was questioned and criticised by a large portion of the media, brought stability and further creativity in the United midfield, forming an effective partnership with Paul Scholes.
Park Ji-sung and Ryan Giggs both underlined their value to the first team squad by adding significant pace and incisiveness in attack with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson celebrated the 20th anniversary of his appointment as manager of Manchester United on 6 November The party was spoiled the following day when United endured a single-goal defeat at the hands of Southend United in the fourth round of the League Cup.
On 23 December , Cristiano Ronaldo scored the club's 2,th goal under the helm of Ferguson in a match against Aston Villa. For the —08 season , Ferguson made notable signings to reinforce United's first team. Long-term target Owen Hargreaves joined from Bayern Munich, young Portuguese winger Nani and Brazilian playmaker Anderson joined soon after, while the last summer signing was West Ham and Argentina striker Carlos Tevez after a complex and protracted transfer saga. United suffered their worst start to a season under Ferguson, drawing their first two league games before suffering a 1—0 defeat by local rivals Manchester City.
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After a good run of form, Ferguson claimed that throughout his time at Manchester United, this was the best squad he had managed to assemble thus far. United's title win was sealed with a 2—0 win over Wigan Athletic , managed by former United captain Steve Bruce. Although the team had a slow start to the —09 season ,  United won the Premier League with a game to spare,  making Ferguson the first manager in the history of English football to win the Premier League three times consecutively, on two separate occasions.
Ferguson had now won 11 league titles at Manchester United, and the —09 season title success put them level with Liverpool as league champions on a record 18 occasions in total. They contested the Champions League final against Barcelona on 27 May but lost 2—0. And their hopes of a record 19th league title were ended on the last day of the season when Chelsea beat them to the Premier League title, crushing Wigan Athletic 8—0 and rendering United's 4—0 win over Stoke City meaningless.
He ended the season by winning his 12th and Manchester United's 19th league title and thus overtaking Liverpool's record of Manchester United faced Barcelona again on 28 May in the Champions League final , their third in four years, but United lost 3—1. Analyst Alan Hansen stated that he believed Ferguson was "the key component" in United's success that season, so key in fact that "[he] would have claimed the crown with any of the other top sides had he been in charge of them".
On 2 September , Ferguson managed his 1,th league game with United against Southampton. United won the game 3—2 thanks to a hat-trick from Robin van Persie. Two weeks later, he won his th game in the Champions League with a 1—0 win over Galatasaray at Old Trafford.
On 8 May , Ferguson announced that he was to retire as manager at the end of the football season, but would remain at the club as a director and club ambassador. On 9 May , Manchester United announced Everton manager David Moyes would replace Ferguson as the club manager from 1 July, having signed a six-year contract. Ferguson released his second autobiography in October called My Autobiography. Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United , was published in collaboration with billionaire venture capitalist , author and former journalist Michael Moritz in August Gordon Strachan was a key player for Ferguson at Aberdeen, but their relationship broke down when Strachan signed an agreement with German club FC Cologne without telling Ferguson.
Their relationship continued to be frosty as Strachan moved into management himself. In , Ferguson was involved in a dressing room argument with United player David Beckham. In , Ferguson launched legal action against the then major United shareholder John Magnier over stud rights for race horse Rock of Gibraltar. The same newspaper article made it clear that "Ferguson Jnr" was never found guilty of any wrongdoing, and it quoted Ferguson Senior as follows: It all [ sic ] made-up stuff and 'brown paper bags' and all that kind of carry-on.
It was a horrible attack on my son's honour and he should never have been accused of that. Under new Premiership rules intended for the —11 season, Ferguson was required to end his BBC boycott. He later explained that it was the players' own request not to return to Preston after the change of manager. Preston were relegated at the end of the season.
Ferguson has received numerous punishments for abusing and publicly criticising match officials when he has perceived them to be at fault:. It has also been suggested that Ferguson's intimidation of referees results in so-called "Fergie Time": The phrase is at least as old as ,  and a statistical analysis by The Times suggests that this comment might be valid, though the article points out that other footballing criteria may explain the correlation between extra added time and United being behind.
The phrase "squeaky-bum time" coined by Ferguson in reference to the tense final stages of a league competition has been included in the Collins English Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary. Mark born ; and twins Darren born , who was also a professional footballer and is currently manager of Doncaster Rovers ; and Jason, who runs an events management company. In Ferguson was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party. In Ferguson received an honorary doctorate in business administration from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
During the Scottish independence referendum , Ferguson supported the Better Together campaign for Scotland remaining a part of the United Kingdom.
Ferguson underwent an emergency surgery on 5 May after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Ferguson was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in in recognition of his impact on the English game as a manager. In , Ferguson became an inaugural recipient of the FA Coaching Diploma, awarded to all coaches who had at least ten years' experience of being a manager or head coach. In addition to being the only manager to win the top league honours, and the 'Double', north and south of the England—Scotland border winning the Premier League with Manchester United, and the Scottish Premier Division with Aberdeen , he is also the last manager to win the Scottish league championship with a non Old Firm team, achieving this in the —85 season with Aberdeen.
He is also the only manager in English football to have managed to finish in the top three league places in 20 consecutive seasons, since the —92 season with a total of 22 consecutive seasons. Ferguson is the joint-most decorated manager in European football competitions with seven honours, a record he shares with Giovanni Trapattoni and Carlo Ancelotti. Ferguson won the top division title in England a record 13 times, more than twice as many times as the next most successful manager.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Alex Ferguson, see Alex Ferguson disambiguation. Retrieved 12 July Archived from the original PDF on 2 July Retrieved 16 July Gill is impressed about Alex's skills afterwards and thinks there's something special about him. Alex returns to Tom after going around the world fighting many people, who just got out the hospital, with a changed self. Second Impact retcons New Generation , but Alex's story stays the same, but he now has a rivalry with Hugo , a German pro wrestler of extreme height.
Third Strike with a slightly different personality, He met Ryu and fought him, only to lose, in which Ryu told Alex to explore the world and find worthy fighters. He re-encountered Ryu and decided to fight again, although the outcome of the fight hasn't been revealed yet in the story. He is in a pro-wrestling league and is one of the best wrestlers in it.
One day, after working on his broken down trailer, he gets kidnapped by Shadaloo and F. When he realizes that he's been kidnapped, he throws down a simulated fighter to try and destroy the facility he's trapped in, but gets knocked out before he can and is sent back to his trailer. He wakes up, thinking it's a dream, but when Patricia comes to his trailer with a porcelain chess piece, which is a key to a Black Moon, a satellite that can be rigged to launch an electromagnetic pulse that can blackout entire cities, and a certificate, and notices a scar on him, Alex realizes it's not a dream.
Alex reappears as a playable character in Street Fighter V as the first of 6 characters to be released after the game's launch in His prologue shows that he was kidnapped by Shadaloo, led by F. In the story mode of Street Fighter V , "A Shadow Falls", Alex is at a pro-wrestling tournament, where he wins and gets the wrestling trophy. He then fights in a tag-team exhibition match with Laura against Zangief and R.
Mika , which is broadcast live on television, but the signal cuts out due to a Black Moon detonating over New York City, causing a black out. Dhalsim comes to his trailer, wanting the chess piece, but Alex believes Dhalsim is a mugger and fights him. Dhalsim convinces Alex that he's not a mugger and asks for the piece, in which Alex gives it to him, saying he didn't need it.
Dhalsim then tells Alex that big things will happen to him in the future, foreshadowing Street Fighter III , and teleports away. Alex is loosely based on the professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan and Axl Rose , in terms of looks and some of his moves. The similarity to Hulk Hogan is referenced in the Street Fighter III series, where he is rivals against Hugo, who is based on another professional wrestler, Andre the Giant , who was also rivals with Hogan.
In the Street Fighter III series, Alex wears green overalls, green open-fingered gloves, brown combat boots, a red bandana, a scar on each of his shoulders, long blonde hair wrapped in a ponytail and make-up from the bottom of his eyes down to the rest of his face. Alex also sometimes wears a black tanktop, which he rips off before he fights, and a bomber jacket when he isn't fighting. In Street Fighter V , Alex mostly retains his appearance. He wears red suspenders, has slightly shorter hair with no ponytail, and has a red and white long-sleeved buttoned flannel, which he either wears unbuttoned and sleeves rolled up, or wrapped around his waist.
He wears green cargo pants, which are slightly torn up. Alex makes an appearance in Tatsunoko vs. In the official poll by Bandai Namco, Alex was the second most requested Street Fighter side character to be added to the roster of Tekken X Street Fighter , as of August raking up In December , Alex ranked 44th on Gamest's "Top 50" video game characters, tying with Goro Daimon, and in January was named the 22nd-best character of the preceding year, tying with Ryuji Yamazaki.
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