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.

2013: Reclaims Premier League title from Manchester City, winning it for 13th time.