PM congratulates Ferguson on 'exceptional' career

The Prime Minister congratulated Sir Alex Ferguson and said he hoped the Scot's retirement would "make life a little easier" for Aston Villa.

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievement at #MUFC has been exceptional. Hopefully his retirement will make life a little easier for my team #AVFC

Miliband: Sir Alex is a proud man and great manager

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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.