PICTURE: Ferguson receives lifetime merit trophy from Premier League

by Sam Peoples

Sir Alex Ferguson has landed another Premier League double this year by being named Manager of the Season as well as being given a Merit Award for outstanding contribution the Premier League.

It is the 11th time that Ferguson has been named Manager of the Season having previously won the award in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

To put that into perspective, his closest competitors are Arsene Wenger (3) and Jose Mourinho (2).

It is a fitting end to what has been an almost perfect Premier League campaign for Manchester United and Ferguson. We strolled to the title with four games to spare the season after so many said that the power was changing in Manchester – it was simply phenomenal.

When the full time whistle blows at The Hawthorns on Sunday, it will call full time on the career of the greatest manager ever. It really is hard to imagine a United without Ferguson and a Ferguson without United but everything good comes to an end at some point.

He wanted to go out a winner and United’s Premier League success ensured that. We just have to make sure we win on Sunday so he can have the perfect send off.

Photo: Twitter/ManUTD_PO

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