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The Scot, who is regarded by many as one of the greatest managers of all time, provided nearly three decades worth of unprecedented success at United, picking up 38 trophies during a historic spell.
Happy 80th Birthday, Sir Alex Ferguson!— ً (@TheFergusonWay) December 31, 2021
🏟 2,155 Games
✅ 1,253 Wins
🤝 490 Draws
❌ 412 Defeats
🏆 50 Trophies
38 trophies – Manchester United
11 trophies – Aberdeen
1 trophy – St.Mirren
The 'GREATEST MANAGER' ever. pic.twitter.com/JclMD68WBh
Eight years after stepping down as Manchester United manager, Ferguson rarely misses a home game at Old Trafford alongside his wife Cathy.
It was a touch of class from the United faithful and as the banner moved across the Stretford End, a delighted Sir Alex got out his phone and snapped a picture.
Sir Alex taking a photo of his birthday banner is just so wholesome pic.twitter.com/3LTgEntNEs— Alexei (@MUFC_redarmy99) December 30, 2021
My heart! Sir Alex whipping out his phone to take a pic of his bday message banner in the Stretford End. ♥️— Jack Perryman (@PerrymanJack) December 30, 2021
United gave Ferguson an early birthday present in the form of a 3-1 win against Burnley on Thursday night.
First half goals from Scott McTominay, Ben Mee [OG] and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed an important three points at Old Trafford as the Reds try and break into the top four.
Ralf Rangnick was happy with his team's performance, especially in the first half.
"Was the first half the best since came to club? I would say offensively yes." he said. "Whenever we had the ball in their half we did the things we intended to do, finding the right spots and spaces, taking on players in one on one situations."