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Alex Ferguson

16 May 1999: Alex Ferguson the Manchester United manager salutes the crowd after winning the Premiership title during the FA Carling Premiership match against Tottenham Hotspur played at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The match finished in a 2-1win for Manchester United and Manchester United clinched their 5th Championship in seven years. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

Celebrating Alex Ferguson's glittering career

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the 2012-13 season after more than 26 years in charge, bringing to a close the most glittering managerial career in British soccer. The Premier League champions confirmed on May 8 that Ferguson, 71, would step aside following United's home game against West Bromwich Albion on May 19. Here's a look back at his glittering and award-winning career during which he won 49 trophies.