Here are some highlights in the career of Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson who has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.
1941: Born Dec. 31 in Govan, Scotland.
1957: Begins playing career at Scottish club Queen's Park.
1966: Marries Cathy.
1974: Ends six-club playing career and takes charge of Scottish club East Stirling.
1978: Becomes manager of Aberdeen in Scottish top division, winning Scottish league for the first time in 1981.
1983: Wins European Cup Winners' Cup with victory over Real Madrid in final, and becomes Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
1985: Takes temporary charge of Scotland's national team after death of manager Jock Stein on Sept. 10.
1986: Coaches Scotland at World Cup, where team failed to advance from group.
1986: Becomes Manchester United manager as replacement for the fired Ron Atkinson. Leaves Aberdeen with three Scottish titles, four Scottish Cups, one League Cup, a European Cup Winners' Cup and a European Super Cup.
1990: Wins first trophy at United, the FA Cup after a replay against Crystal Palace in the final.
1991: Wins European Cup Winners' Cup after beating Barcelona 2-1 in final.
1992: Signs French forward Eric Cantona.
1993: Wins United's first English title since 1967 and voted Manager of the Year.
1994: Retains English title and also wins FA Cup.
1995: Made Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1996: Wins Premier League again, this time with youngsters in his team such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville known as "Fergie's Fledglings."
1999: Wins a historic Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League treble, after winning European Cup for the first time thanks to late goals by Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich; Becomes a knight; Wins Intercontinental Cup
2001: Breaks British transfer record to sign Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron for 28 million pounds.
2002: Decides to stay on at United after announcing decision to retire at the end of the season. Admits decision to make announcement public was an "absolute disaster."
2003: Launches legal action against then-United shareholder John Magnier over ownership of race horse Rock of Gibraltar; Reportedly kicks football boot into face of Beckham, causing injury to midfielder's face. Beckham sold to Real Madrid that summer; Signs Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon.
2004: Has pacemaker fitted.
2007: Denies Chelsea a third straight English title by winning Premier League with United for ninth time.
2008: Wins Champions League for the second time with victory in a penalty shootout over Chelsea, following 1-1 draw; Wins Club World Cup.
2009: Given four-match touchline ban for comments criticizing fitness of referee Alan Wiley.
2010: Wins fourth and final League Cup.
2011: United names north stand at Old Trafford as the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.