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Alex Ferguson the manager

23 Aug 1996: Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United shouts instructions to his team during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in Manchester. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/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.