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During Sir Alex Ferguson’s incredible 25 years at Manchester United we have experienced hundreds if not thousands of moments defining the glory and passion of the manager and the club. Now our Executive Club members have the chance to decide which of those moments deserve to be in a list of the ultimate 25.

To vote and help us find Sir Alex’s greatest ever moment, select your personal top five from our suggestions here by ticking the box alongside your favourites or you can choose your own and submit them at the bottom of this page.

Once you have chosen your top five moments, simply drag and drop them into your preferred order and then press submit.


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BARCELONA 1999
The culmination of Sir Alex’s extraordinary treble season, the final against Bayern Munich was an unprecedented show of belief. His substitutions in the dying minutes both came on to score, snatching one of the greatest victories in United’s history.
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ENDING THE DROUGHT ’92-93
It was a 26-year wait for United to once again dominate the English football league and it couldn’t come a moment too soon. The season had been a close fought battle against Norwich and Villa, but rewarded a belief which went on to inspire a flood.
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CANCELLING RETIREMENT
2002 was supposed to be the year Sir Alex said goodbye. But a change of heart saw him add 10 more years and numerous trophies and honours. A difficult decision that undoubtedly transformed the course of Manchester United history.
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MOTIVATING IN MOSCOW
United were locked at 1-1 when Sir Alex gave his half-time speech during the 2008 Champions League Final. Wayne Rooney later described how it made the hairs on the back of his neck stand up, and ultimately proved to be the turning point in the game.
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THE 1999 TREBLE
Quite simply the most successful season in the club’s history, ’98-99 saw Sir Alex become the first manager to lift the FA Cup, Premier League and the UEFA Cup in the same year.
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ROONEY’S SCISSOR KICK
This breathtaking goal against Manchester City cemented Rooney’s legendary status and was described by many, including Sir Alex, as the finest ever scored at Old Trafford.
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THREE IN A ROW
United’s retention of the Premier League title for three seasons in a row between 1999-2001 made history, but in 2009 Sir Alex went one better by repeating the three-in-a-row feat.
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SCHMEICHEL’S SAVE
Peter Schmeichel broke countless records on his way into the club’s hall of fame, many of them thanks to miraculous saves like his close-range stop against Newcastle, awarded ‘Save of the Decade’.
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1990 FA CUP
Sir Alex’s first major trophy after 3½ years in the post sent a resounding message to his critics, and paved the way for his creation of a premiership winning team a few years later. A pivotal milestone on the road to glory.
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1ST DOUBLE
With so many achievements in Sir Alex’s portfolio, it’s easy to forget that his first double in ’93-94 was only the fourth by any club in the 20th century. A stunning landmark, it was very nearly a domestic treble but for defeat in the League Cup final to Villa.
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1991 CUP WINNER’S CUP
Any victory against Barcelona is special, but victory in the Cup Winner’s Cup final after a 5 year ban on English clubs in that competition, shines especially bright.
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19th CHAMPIONS
Sir Alex had already delivered on his promise to “knock Liverpool off their perch” well before he secured his 19th League Title in 2011. But to pip Liverpool’s 18 and take that very special place in the record books is a dream come true for United fans everywhere.
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BEATING FOREST
After coming close in 1991, Sir Alex’s League Cup win against Nottingham Forest in 1992 was certainly sweet. It heralded the departure of one legendary manager – Brian Clough left the following season – and the ascendance of another.
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BRUCE’S ‘93 WINNER
The exact moment when Sir Alex had United’s first title for 26 years in his grasp came from an unforgettable header from Steve Bruce. Moments don’t get better than seeing the man himself storm the pitch in celebration.
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KNIGHTHOOD
1999 was a landmark year for Sir Alex for two reasons, the second of which was his knighthood for services to the game. It is a recognition that transcends football, and a reminder of his achievements on a global scale.
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OVERTAKING SIR MATT
Legends cannot easily be compared, but when Sir Alex became United’s longest serving manager in 2010 by overtaking Sir Matt Busby’s record of 1,120 games, he added another special glint to an already sparkling career.
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10TH MANAGER OF THE SEASON
After winning the Manager of the Season title in its debut year, Sir Alex went on to scoop it a further 9 times, completely dominating the last 5 years. His 10th was extra-special, rewarding his 19th Champions season in 2011.
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SIR ALEX FERGUSON STAND
Sir Alex was humble about the renaming of the North Stand in his honour, but it signifies one of the truly historic moments in his epic career. Without a doubt, one of the most precious moments of the 2011 season.
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SOLKSJAER v NOTTINGHAM
Ole Gunner Solksjaer cost Sir Alex just £1.5m, and became the ultimate super sub scoring 28 goals for United from the bench. Four of them came in just 12 minutes against Nottingham Forest in 1999.
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‘THE DOUBLE DOUBLE’
When Sir Alex’s team won the 1996 FA Cup, they became the first team in English football to repeat the double. The icing on the cake being that the 1-0 victory came against Liverpool thanks to a late goal by Eric Cantona.
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5-3 AGAINST SPURS
One of the greatest Premiership comebacks ever, White Hart Lane was euphoric in 2001 to be 3-0 up against United at half time. But a change in formation from Sir Alex saw his team come out and dissect the hosts, including a blistering 5th from Beckham.
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SIR ALEX vs KEEGAN
Sir Alex has gone verbally head to head with many opposition managers in his time, most famously with Kevin Keegan in 1996. Keegan’s televised outburst was widely regarded as Sir Alex’s ultimate victory, one that eventually gave him the season.
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CANTONA v SUNDERLAND
Arguably the finest goal of the Frenchman’s career, this effortless run and inch-perfect finish in 1996 epitomized the flair and talent of one of Ferguson’s most memorable signings.
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JOINING UNITED
It doesn’t seem possible that Sir Alex could have managed any other club, but upon leaving Aberdeen in ’85-86 he was being courted by both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. But Sir Alex believed in United, and the rest is history.
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ARSENAL’S 49
Arsenal were already wearing t-shirts celebrating their 50th unbeaten game under their strip when Sir Alex halted them at 49. The victory proved The Invincibles weren’t, and that he could beat teams on record-breaking form.
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GIGGS v ARSENAL
Giggs’ classic solo goal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final perfectly reflects the unique talent Sir Alex brought to the club at just 14 years of age. No United fan will ever tire of watching that sensational moment, or the celebration that followed.
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RONALDO V PORTSMOUTH
He made his mark on many games, but the precision and power this free kick in 2008 is arguably the best and justified Sir Alex’s conviction that he was the man for the number 7 shirt.
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IPSWICH 9-0
Admittedly the two clubs were at opposite ends of the table, but Ferguson’s 1995 victory still stands as the Premier League’s highest scoring victory. It also obliterated table leaders Blackburn’s goal difference in one match.
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BECKHAM V WIMBLEDON
After overhauling Newcastle to snatch the double in 1996, Sir Alex’s young team would have started 1997 confidently even without David Beckham lofting in this effortless goal from the halfway line in their first game against Wimbledon.
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THE DOUBLE WITH KIDS
‘95-96 saw the maturation of Fergie’s Fledglings, the youth players that numbered future legends Giggs, Beckham, Scholes, Butt, and the Nevilles. Silencing his sceptics – most famously Alan Hansen - Fergie’s ‘kids’ won the double and christened an era.

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