Ferguson hails fairytale spell at Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson will celebrate 25 years in the Manchester United hotseat on Sunday, and has stated that his time at Old Trafford has been a fairytale.

The Scottish coach has had unchartered success with the current Premier League champions since moving from Aberdeen in November 1986, and has applauded the players that he has had at his disposal over the last quarter century.

“It is a bit of a fairytale to last so long,” he stated in a press conference.

“It has been a fantastic spell for me. It is something you don’t think is going to happen and I appreciate that. When I look back I say to myself how fortunate I am to have had these players.

“The list is incredible, going back to the very start with Bryan Robson, Norman Whiteside, Brian McClair, (Mark) Hughes, (Paul) Ince, (Roy) Keane, (Eric) Cantona. What a collection of players. They were fantastic players.

“It is hard to think I controlled all these players for so long.

“Now to the present era of players we see today, different personalities and different cultures.

“It is difficult to put everything in a box. I don’t think you can do that. It is such a varied time in management. Things change as the years go on. There is a different way of managing today than there was even seven or eight years ago,” he stated.

Ferguson had previously intended to step down back in 2002, but changed his mind to continue at the club until the current day; he still has no plans to retire from management.

“I will continue as long as I feel healthy enough to do it,” the 69-year-old concluded.

The Red Devils take on Sunderland on Saturday, and the players will be keen to record a victory to celebrate Ferguson’s momentous milestone.

By Gareth McKnight