Fergie at 70: The things they said about Manchester United”s long-serving manager
Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates his 70th birthday this weekend.
Ferguson guided Aberdeen to years of glory north of the border, before joining Manchester United in 1986 and presiding over an extraordinary era of success.
Sportsmail brings you a selection of quotes about the long-serving Manchester United boss.
Sir Alex Ferguson
“I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I would spend so much time being so successful at a football club as Man United over these last 30 years. It”s been magical and all down to Alex”
Sir Bobby Charlton
“The success the boss has had in the last 25 years has been incredible and I”m lucky to have been part of that for 11-12 years. To have played under a manager like Sir Alex Ferguson, any player dreams of that. He gave me the chance to play for my dream club. It has been a hell of a career that is nowhere near over yet. I was honoured to play under him”
“You”reprobably talking about five teams he”s built over 25 years to achieve this success. A manager struggles to build one team, but for one managerto build five successful teams at this club is unbelievable”
“He is one of the greatest of all time, all around the world. He is a kind of genius”
Legends: Ferguson with Eric Cantona in 1996
“You don”t expect anyone to be at a club the level of Manchester United for as long as he has been. It shows first his success but also what a hard worker he is. It is impossible to win what he has without being able to renew yourself and the biggest trick is that he doesn”t let people around him lose their hunger either”
“When he was striving to turn around Man United, the fierce determination to beat Liverpool, to win the league and then once he won it, he”s won it 12 times since. It is remarkable, quite an incredible achievement”
“I don”t think anyone can imagine what it will be like with someone else in the dugout. I have supported United all my life. He is the only manager I have known. It will be weird to see the club without him. He owns that seat”
“He has been fantastic for Manchester United and I think he has even surpassed the legend that was Sir Matt Busby with the achievements and success he has had. To be anywhere for 25 years is unbelievable and every success he has had is testament to him and the football club. When you remember where the football club was when he came in I think it is a fantastic achievement where he has taken to them now”
“It is remarkable for the quality and consistency and exceptional because I don”t know anybody else who has done 25 years at the top level in the same club. Certainly nobody will do it again”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger