Sir Alex Ferguson Is The Most Successful Manager In Football History By Some Distance

Sir Alex Ferguson is officially the most decorated manager in football history by some distance. compiled a list of the greatest ever managers in the game and looked at their trophy haul before putting together a graphic.

And the 77-year old is the number one by a long, long stretch after winning a ridiculous 49 trophies in his career, the first few coming at Aberdeen before his glittering 26-year stint in charge at Old Trafford.

Romanian manager Mircea Lucescu is the closest to the fiery Scot but even he is still 17 trophies behind, which speaks volumes of Fergie's dominance and longevity in the game.

Elsewhere on the list Pep Guardiola is one away from overtaking long-time rival Jose Mourinho, with Arsene Wenger completing the top ten.

Ferguson is well and truly in a league of his own, though. He won an incredible 38 trophies at United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, and one of his biggest qualities was his ability to rebuild his teams when one cycle had finished.

But while he managed a whole host of talented players in his time, the man himself says he could only consider four to warrant the "world-class" tag - those being Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes.

"I don't mean to demean or criticise any of the great or very good footballers who played for me during my 26-year career at United, but there were only four who were world class: Cantona, Giggs, Ronaldo and Scholes," he writes in his book 'Leading', as per The Independent.

"And of the four Cristiano was like an ornament on the top of a Christmas tree."

Certainly some very striking omissions there but then again it is all down to Sir Alex, who is probably just about in a better position than us to comment.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Fergie has also gone on to say that only Denis Irwin, who made 529 appearances for Ferguson in 12 years after signing for a bargain £625,000 fee from Oldham Athletic, is the one player he could slot easily slot into his all-time XI.

"Honestly, I would say Denis Irwin would be the one certainty to get in the team," he told Sunday World, via ESPN, back in 2013.

"I called him an eight out of 10. At Highbury in one game, he had a bad pass back in the last minute and [Dennis] Bergkamp came in and scored.

"After the game the press said: 'You must be disappointed in that pass back.' I said: 'Well, one mistake in 10 years isn't bad.' He was an unbelievable player."

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