Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson prepares to speak after a presentation commemorating his 25 years in charge of the club at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester. (Photo: AP)
Highlights in the career of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson who will retire at the end of the season, the club announced on Wednesday:
1941 - Born Dec. 31 in Govan, Scotland.
1957 - Begins playing career at Scottish club Queen's Park.
1966 - Marries Cathy.
1974 - Ends six-club playing career and takes charge of Scottish club East Stirling.
1978 - Becomes manager of Aberdeen in Scottish top division, winning Scottish league for the first time in 1981.
1983 - Wins European Cup Winners' Cup with victory over Real Madrid in final, and becomes Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
1985 - Takes temporary charge of Scotland's national team after death of manager Jock Stein on Sept. 10.
1986 - Coaches Scotland at World Cup, where team failed to advance from group.
1986 - Becomes Manchester United manager as replacement for the fired Ron Atkinson. Leaves Aberdeen with three Scottish titles, four Scottish Cups, one League Cup, a European Cup Winners' Cup and a European Super Cup.
1990 - Wins first trophy at United, the FA Cup after a replay against Crystal Palace in the final.
1991 - Wins European Cup Winners' Cup after beating Barcelona 2-1 in final.
1992 - Signs French forward Eric Cantona.
1993 - Wins United's first English title since 1967 and voted Manager of the Year.
1994 - Retains English title and also wins FA Cup.
1995 - Made Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1996 - Wins Premier League again, this time with youngsters in his team such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville known as "Fergie's Fledglings."
1999 - Wins a historic Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League treble, after winning European Cup for the first time thanks to late goals by Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich; Becomes a knight; Wins Intercontinental Cup
2001 - Breaks British transfer record to sign Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron for 28 million pounds.
2002 - Decides to stay on at United after announcing decision to retire at the end of the season. Admits decision to make announcement public was an "absolute disaster."
2003 - Launches legal action against then-United shareholder John Magnier over ownership of race horse Rock of Gibraltar; Reportedly kicks football boot into face of Beckham, causing injury to midfielder's face. Beckham sold to Real Madrid that summer; Signs Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon.
2004 - Has pacemaker fitted.
2007 - Denies Chelsea a third straight English title by winning Premier League with United for ninth time.
2008 - Wins Champions League for the second time with victory in a penalty shootout over Chelsea, following 1-1 draw; Wins Club World Cup.
2009 - Given four-match touchline ban for comments criticizing fitness of referee Alan Wiley.
2010 - Wins fourth and final League Cup.
2011 - United names north stand at Old Trafford as the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.
2013 - Reclaims Premier League title from Manchester City, winning it for 13th time.