26 years ago Sir Alex Ferguson stepped into the unknown. He never quite knew that the club he would take over in 1986 would turn into such a world force that is Manchester United. Little did he know about the success he would have, he would go on to say he wanted 1 trophy and then he could see where that brought him.

It all started on the 6th of November 1986 when, then known as Alex Ferguson, signed a short term contract with the club. He had many great players to use at the times such as Norman Whiteside, Paul McGrath and Bryan Robson. It started poorly for Ferguson with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Oxford United but soon redeemed that with a 1-0 win vs QPR. It would prove to be the first of 100's of wins in his era.
The 90's were a massive time in not only the history of Manchester United but also Alex Ferguson. Ferguson is arguably most famously known for his development of young talent. During the 90's he came across the likes of Gary and Phil Neville, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. Then also the signings of future legends like Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke to name a few.
Ferguson's first trophy success came in the 1989 FA Cup Final and followed that up with a league title a year later. It would prove to be the first two major trophies of a historic reign as manager of the worlds most widely supported football club.
Next is arguably his most famous and incredible achievement yet, yes the team won FA cups and Premier leagues between these years but none of them compare to 1999. With the premier league and FA cup already in the bag the biggest challenge yet came in the Camp Nou of Barcelona, the opponents FC Bayern Munchen. Trailing to an early goal, and close to tne conclusion the 4th official raised raised his board to signal 3 extra minutes and the rest is history!
Probably Ferguson's best ever assembled team went to win the Premier League three years in a row yet another historic achievement. Following this Alex Ferguson became Sir Alex Ferguson by her majesty the queen.
Now its not like Ferguson and his players have always gotten special treatment, as some think is true, he has got quite a few bans and fines in his time. Of the players most famously Rio Ferdinand failing to show for a drugs test and Cantona's Kung Fu kick which each received 8 month bans. Sir Alex has faced FA sanctions for comments on referees fitness levels about poor lines men and ranting over opposition managers and players, most recently Roberto Mancini and Carlos Tevez. He has received hefty fines, touchline bans and has had to appear in front of FA meetings to explain his actions. All this you could expect is just a normal season for Sir Alex. 
Lately Ferguson has come under criticism for his team weakening and ageing. Yet no one seems to remember that his team has made 3 Champions League final in 5 years, winning one, and winning 4 premier league titles in 6 years is no mean feat. Aswell as that you can throw in a few Carling Cups, Community Shield and a World Club cup. A poor and weakening team they say?
Now his biggest challenge to look forward to is trying to regain the Premier League from Manchester City which he lost so dramatically, as you may recall.
Sir Alex Ferguson's 26 year era has never been achieved before throughout the world and looks certain to never be achieved again. He is simply the Best there was the Best at the present time and the Best there ever will be!

By Ian Kenrick