Sir Alex Ferguson to retire

Manchester United say Sir Alex Ferguson is to retire as manager after 26 years in charge. Everton boss David Moyes is widely expected to be his replacement.

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David Moyes: 'Your time has come'

Tomorrow's Manchester Evening News front page has the headline, "your time has come" and suggests that Everton manager David Moyes looks set to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.

The Manchester Evening News' front page. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Cleverley praises Sir Alex's 'massive influence' on career

Manchester United and England midfielder Tom Cleverley has tweeted:

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George Osborne remembers canvassing Sir Alex

Chancellor George Osborne said he remembers the time he canvassed Sir Alex Ferguson's house as a young candidate - Fergie is a lifelong Labour supporter.

Rio Ferdinand praises Sir Alex's 'desire to win'

Rio Ferdinand has become the first current Manchester United player to react to the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

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David Cameron: Sir Alex Ferguson could make "life a little easier" for Aston Villa

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson - and suggested he could now help to make "life a little easier" for Aston Villa.

The Manchester United manager announced earlier today he is retiring, after 26 years in charge. David Cameron, who is a Villa fan, said Ferguson's contribution to football has been exceptional.

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Sir Alex retirement gets 1.4m Twitter mentions in 1 hour

Twitter said the news of Sir Alex's retirement received more than 1.4 million mentions in the first hour after the story broke at 9.18am.

It compares with one million mentions in the four hours after the death of Lady Thatcher was first announced last month.

The original tweet from Manchester United was retweeted or made a favourite tweet more than 18,000 times, while the official club hashtag #ThankYouSirAlex had more than 100,000 mentions within the hour.

Beckham: Sir Alex Ferguson 'a father figure to me'

I've just seen the news on Sir Alex. As I have said many times before the boss wasn't just the greatest and best manager I ever played under he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left.

Without him I would never have achieved what I have done in my career. He understood how important it was to play for your country and he knew how much it meant to me.

After '98 without the manager I would have found it virtually impossible to cope with the attention I was getting on and off the field and for this I will always be grateful to him for his support and protection.

I am truly honoured to have been guided by the greatest manager in football and to have had the career that I had under him.

Thank you boss and enjoy the rest!

– David Beckham

Former players pay tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson

Barcelona's Gerard Pique, Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi and Portland Timbers' Mikael Silvestre - all former Manchester United players - have paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson on Twitter:

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