Alex Ferguson: Career highlights

Highlights in the career of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson who will retire at the end of the season, the club announced Wednesday:

1941: Born Dec. 31 in Govan, Scotland.

1957: Begins playing career at Scottish club Queen's Park.

1966: Marries Cathy.

1974: Ends six-club playing career and takes charge of Scottish club East Stirling.

1978: Becomes manager of Aberdeen in Scottish top division, winning Scottish league for the first time in 1981.

1983: Wins European Cup Winners' Cup with victory over Real Madrid in final, and becomes Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

1985: Takes temporary charge of Scotland's national team after death of manager Jock Stein on Sept. 10.

1986: Coaches Scotland at World Cup, where team failed to advance from group.

1986: Becomes Manchester United manager as replacement for the fired Ron Atkinson. Leaves Aberdeen with three Scottish titles, four Scottish Cups, one League Cup, a European Cup Winners' Cup and a European Super Cup.

1990: Wins first trophy at United, the FA Cup after a replay against Crystal Palace in the final.

1991: Wins European Cup Winners' Cup after beating Barcelona 2-1 in final.

1992: Signs French forward Eric Cantona.

1993: Wins United's first English title since 1967 and voted Manager of the Year.

1994: Retains English title and also wins FA Cup.

1995: Made Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

1996: Wins Premier League again, this time with youngsters in his team such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville known as "Fergie's Fledglings.''

1999: Wins a historic Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League treble, after winning European Cup for the first time thanks to late goals by Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich; Becomes a knight; Wins Intercontinental Cup

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