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.

Manchester United v Chelsea - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United watches from the dugout during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 5, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United v Chelsea - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United walks off after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 5, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson

1987: Portrait of Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson during a photocall at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Russell Cheyne/Allsport

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

Sir Alex Ferguson 1996 Double

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United with the FA Cup and Premiership Trophy at Victoria Station, Manchester on May 12, 1996 after completing The Double. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United team photo

NICOSIA, CYPRUS - OCTOBER 29: The Manchester United team picture Team Caption (BR-LR ) Michael Stewart, Luke Chadwick, Wesley Brown, David Beckham, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand, John O'Shea, Laurent Blanc, Mikael Silvestre, Ryan Giggs and Quinton Fortune. ( MR-LR ) Albert Morgan (Kit Manager) Mike Phelan ( Coach ) Tony Coton ( First Team Goalkeeping Coach ) Nicky Butt, David May, Roy Carroll, Fabien Barthez, Ben Williams, Danny Pugh, Lee Roche, Rob Swire (Physiotherapist) Dr Mike Stone (Club Doctor) Gary Armer (Masseur) (FR- LR ) Juan Sebastian Veron, Gary Neville, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Tierney, Sir Alex Ferguson (Manager) Roy Keane (Captain) Carlos Queiroz (First Team Coach) Diego Forlan, Bojan Djordjic, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes during the UEFA Champions League match between Maccabi Haifa v Manchester United at the GSP Stadium on October 29, 2002 in Nicosia, Cyprus. (Photo by Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United Press Conference and Training Session

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United speaks during a pre-match press conference at Carrington Training Ground on September 14 2007, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Wigan Athletic v Manchester United

WIGAN, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United celebrates with the Premier League trophy on the pitch the Barclays FA Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the JJB Stadium on May 11 2008, in Wigan, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

FA Cup Final

11 May 1996: Eric Cantona, Alex Ferguson and Bryan Kidd with the trophy after Man Utd's victory over Liverpool in the 1996 FA Cup Final between Manchester United v Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, London. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/ALLSPORT

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 1: Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United poses with the Carling Cup trophy after the Carling Cup Final match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on March 1 2009 in London, England. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Chelsea v Manchester United - FA Community Shield

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United holds aloft the Community Shield trophy after the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 8, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Final

MOSCOW - MAY 21: Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager and his team celebrate with the trophy following their victory during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson

15 May 1991: Portrait of Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson with the trophy after the European Cup Winners Cup final against Barcelona at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, Holland. Manchester United won the match 2-1. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport

Alex Ferguson the Manchester United Manger

27 Aug 1999: Alex Ferguson the Manchester United Manger during a training session before the UEFA Super Cup match against Lazio in Monaco. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport

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

Manchester United v Liga De Quito - FIFA Club World Cup 2008 Final

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 21: Manchester United's Alex Ferguson celebrates after winning the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008 final match between Manchester United and Liga de Quitoat at the International Stadium Yokohama on December 21, 2008 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Manchester United defeated Liga de Quitoat by 1-0. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson

1990: Portrait of Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson during a Barclays League Division One match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Manchester United won the match 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport

MAN U V PALACE FERGUSON TROPHY

17 MAY 1990: ALEX FERGUSON MANAGER OF MANCHESTER UNITED LIFTS THE FA CUP OVER HIS HEAD AFTER HIS TEAM DEFEATED CRYSTAL PALACE 1-0 IN THE REPLAY FINAL AT WEMBLEY.

Premiership Title 1993

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 3: Brian Kidd and Sir Alex Ferguson celebrate with the Premiership Trophy in the dressing room after the FA Carling Premiership Match between Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford, Manchester on May 3, 1993. Manchester United were the FA Carling Premiership winners in the 1992-93 season. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson

1993: Portrait of Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson holding the Barclays manager of the month trophy aloft. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport

Alex Ferguson of Manchester United

Aug 1996: Alex Ferguson of Manchester United holds aloft the Premier league trophy before the start of the pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Inter Milan at Old Trafford , Manchester. Mandatory Credit: / Allsport UK

Alex Ferguson and Peter Schmeichel

26 May 1999: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and keeper Peter Schmeichel with the trophy after a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain. \ Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole /Allsport

Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United

LONDON - NOVEMBER 17: Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, shouts instructions to his players during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between West Ham United and Manchester United on November 17, 2002 played at Upton Park in London, England. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Manchester United v Sunderland - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Workmen reveal the sign for the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on November 5, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United v Aston Villa - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Phil Jones, Shinji Kagawa, Antonio Valencia, Rafael and manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United celebrate winning the Premier League title after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Newcastle United v Manchester United

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United and Kevin Keegan of Newcastle United walk off after the Barclays FA Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on February 23 2008, in Newcastle, England. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United Foundation Santa Run

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Sir Alex Ferguson statue at the Manchester United Foundation Santa Run at Old Trafford on December 2, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)

Manchester United v Blackpool - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United poses with the Barclays Manager of the Season award ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackpool at Old Trafford on May 22, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images)