Five of Sir Alex Ferguson's most memorable successes

Manchester United's 2012-13 title win means Sir Alex Ferguson has now won a staggering 49 trophies in his managerial career, dating all the way back to a Scottish First Division success with St Mirren in 1977.

Here are five of Britain's most successful manager's greatest trophy triumphs.

1979-80: Scottish Premier League

Arguably the finest sustained achievement of Ferguson's entire career was splitting the Old Firm when he was at Aberdeen. This was the first of three titles with the Dons, as they edged Celtic out by a point.

1980: Aberdeen Manager Alex Ferguson is surrounded by his players who are celebrating winning the League Title
1980: Aberdeen Manager Alex Ferguson is surrounded by his players who are celebrating winning the League Title Credit: Press Association

1982-83: European Cup Winners' Cup

A proud night for Ferguson as he wins his first European trophy, beating Bayern Munich on the way to a final meeting with the mighty Real Madrid. Aberdeen won 2-1 in Gothenburg, with John Hewitt scoring the winner in extra-time.

1983: Aberdeen captain Alex McLeish holds the European Cup Winners Cup, as Ferguson waves
1983: Aberdeen captain Alex McLeish holds the European Cup Winners Cup, as Ferguson waves Credit: Press Association

1989-90: FA Cup

The trophy that paved the way for so much glory. With his job on the line, Ferguson steered United to the FA Cup final. After a six-goal thriller with Crystal Palace, United eventually took the trophy when Lee Martin scored the only goal in the replay.

1990: Alex Ferguson (l) and assistant Archie Knox (r) jump off the bench as their side score
1990: Alex Ferguson and assistant Archie Knox jump off the bench as their side score Credit: Press Association

1992-93: Premier League

Twenty six years after the Red Devils' last championship, Ferguson delivered the prize he had been brought south for. Two late headed Steve Bruce goals against Sheffield Wednesday are the indelible image. Ferguson was actually on the golf course when United won it, as Oldham defeated nearest challengers Aston Villa.

1993: Alex Ferguson watches from the touchline
1993: Alex Ferguson watches from the touchline Credit: Press Association

1998-99: Champions League

If you are going to win the biggest prize, you might as well do it in the most improbable manner. Injury time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Bayern Munich stunned and provided what is still the crowning glory of Ferguson's career

1999: Alex Ferguson celebrates with the European Cup
1999: Alex Ferguson celebrates with the European Cup Credit: Press Association

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