Sir Alex: The Story of 21 Remarkable Years at United
Publisher: Orion Books
Author: David Meek & Tom Tyrrell
On his twenty-first anniversary at United, here is the ultimate tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and his achievements as manager of one of the world's best supported teams
When Alex Ferguson joined United in November 1986, he had already developed a great reputation after driving Aberdeen to numerous trophies and breaking the traditional Old Firm stranglehold on Scottish football. Now he had taken on the biggest job in football, with a brief to bring back the glory days of Matt Busby and re-establish United as not just the biggest club in the land, but the best.
At first, things didn't go smoothly and by 1990 there were press stories that his job was on the line. But Ferguson led his team to FA Cup success that year, and the groundwork he'd been laying was beginning to bear fruit as a new generation of young stars was about to emerge, starting with Ryan Giggs. That trophy marked the start of United's dominance throughout the 1990s, capped by the unique Treble of 1999 when the Reds won the Champions League, Premiership and FA Cup.
This book tells not just the story of how Sir Alex did it, but features interviews with players, rival managers, colleagues and fans that provide a real insight into why he has been so incredibly successful. The book has been brought fully up to date with an account of Sir Alex's ninth Premiership title-winning campaign. (pb)