Sir Alex Ferguson: A career in pictures

We take a look back at the iconic images of Sir Alex Ferguson's 26 years as manager of Manchester United.

A fresh-faced Fergie is unveiled as Manchester United's new manager, succeeding Ron Atkinson in 1986. Credit: PA
The Scot's first three years at Old Trafford were trophyless, and he felt the pressure of the sack in January 1990. Credit: PA
That all changed in May 1990 as United lifted the FA Cup, Ferguson's first trophy in English football. Credit: PA
League titles followed as United established their place at the top of English football in the early years of the Premier League. Credit: PA
Ferguson became famous for his spiky personality, and particularly for the 'hairdryer treatment' meted out to those who crossed him. Credit: PA
Another footballing cliche to live long in the memory is 'Fergie time'. Credit: PA
The 1999 Champions League win, completing a treble of trophies in that year, arguably marked the pinnacle of his achievements. Credit: PA
Ferguson proved uniquely capable of managing talented but temperamental players, including Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. Credit: PA
Ferguson has accumulated 38 trophies in his time at Old Trafford. Credit: PA
Despite reaching his seventies Ferguson has proved indefatigable. Credit: PA
And his willingness to lock horns with opposition managers remained undimmed. Credit: PA
Now, as he approaches his 1500th game in charge of Manchester United, Ferguson has decided to call it a day. Credit: PA