On the back of the shock announcement that Sir Alex Ferguson is set to retire from management at the end of the season and take up a directors role at the club, tributes have flooded in from far and wide.
Ex-players, current players and those involved with football around the world have had their say on Ferguson’s retirement after 26 years at the helm of United.
Cristiano Ronaldo @Cristiano – Thanks for everything, Boss.
David Beckham – As I have said many times before the boss wasn’t just the greatest and best manager I ever played under he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left.
Bryan Robson – It came as a surprise. He’s probably the greatest manager there’s ever been. ‘To be at Manchester United for 27 years is a magnificent achievement never mind to win what he’s won.
Rio Ferdinand – The bosses work ethic, his desire to win + to make us better players were unrivalled. Thanks boss.
Radamel Falcao @FALCAO – WOW Sir Alex Ferguson retires! Congratulations on a run just awesome. Standing clap, clap!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – I will never forget the loyalty he showed me. Everything I have learnt I have learnt from the boss.
Michael Owen @themichaelowen – Its just not sinking in! Manchester United with no Sir Alex just doesn’t feel right. What a man and great that it has ended on his terms.
Peter Schmeichel @Pschmeichel1 – Disappointed, shocked, sad. Didn’t think THAT day would be today.
Vincent Kompany @VincentKompany – Sir Alex, one of the best managers of all time. After 26 years of success in the game, we all owe him a tribute.
Shaun Wright Phillips @swp29 – #Salute to Sir Alex Ferguson definitely the greatest premier league manager the countries ever seen. Correction greatest football manager ever.
Neil Lennon @OfficialNeil – The game just wont be the same without Sir Alex… What a contribution he has made to the game… doubt anyone will ever replicate it.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy @RvN1776 – 2001-2006, 219 games, 150 goals under the most successful manager in football history. It was a unique privilege.
Chelsea FC @chelseafc – All at #CFC would like to wish Sir Alex Ferguson the very best in his retirement. He has been a fantastic adversary over 26 years.
Michael Essien @MichaelEssien – Sir Alex. A legend and one of the greatest managers ever. Good luck in your retirement. #respect
Rory Mcilroy @McIlroyRory – An end of an era today! Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest of all time! United will have a tough time trying to replace him.
David Cameron– Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievement at Manchester United has been exceptional. Hopefully his retirement will make life a little easier for my team Aston Villa.