His success – 49 trophies in total, with 38 being won with Manchesrer United – took him to the very top of football and means his place as the most successful British manager in history is secure.
Before conquering all with United, he managed to break Glasgow’s dominance in Scotland when his Aberdeen side ruled, winning three league titles north of the border, as well as the Cup Winners Cup, a Scottish League Cup and four Scottish Cups.
And even when winning, he was a hard man to please, as you can see here.
His Aberdeen side had just beaten Rangers at Hampden to win the 1983 Scottish Cup, but the manager wasn’t happy with the performance.
“We’re the luckiest team in the world,” he said.
“We were a disgrace of a performance. [Willie] Miller and [Alex] McLeish won the Cup for Aberdeen. Miller and McLeish played Rangers themselves. They were a disgrace of a performance.
“And I’m not caring, winning cups doesn’t matter. Our standards have been set long ago and we’re not going to accept that from any Aberdeen team. No way should we take any glory from that.”
He did apologise to his players for this interview, but standards had been set.
This win was the second of three successive Scottish Cup triumphs under Fergie, who arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 as a winner; one the club had been craving and someone who could break Merseyside’s monopoly on the league.
Remember, this was someone whos Aberdeen side defied the odds to beat Real Madrid to the Cup Winners Cup in 1983.
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FERGUSON AT MAN UNITED
Win rate: 60%
Goals scored: 2,769
Goals conceded: 1,365
Biggest win: 9-0 (v Ipswich in 1995)
Biggest defeat: 1-6 (v Man City in 2011)
Premier League x13
Champions League x2
Cup Winners Cup x2
FA Cup x5
League Cup x4
Scottish Premier x3
Scottish Cup x4
Scottish League Cup x1
Scottish First Division x1
Club World Cup x1
Intercontinental Cup x1
Super Cup x2
Community Shield x10