Alex Ferguson is to retire as Manchester United manager at the end of this season, the English Premier League champions announced on Wednesday, bringing down the curtain on one of the most successful careers football has known. (Fact file)
Ferguson, 71, has been in charge at Old Trafford for 26 years, guiding United to 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns.
"The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time," Ferguson said in a statement released by the club.