End of an Era
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson
has retired from football management, right after guiding his Red Devils team to their 21st ever league title - now 3 more than Liverpool.
The Scot took over as boss in 1986 and has been at the helm for more than 25 years, making him Manchester United's longest serving manager of all time.
Aston Villa boss David Beckham
led the tributes for his former manager, whom he played under between 1993 and 2003.
"Fergie was a great, great manager," said Beckham. "He will forever be remembered as a legend at Manchester United. He has been working so hard to bring United to the top, and has worked even harder to ensure they stayed there. He really deserves the title of 'sir'. It's really unfortunate to see him finally retiring completely from the game but I guess this had to come about sooner or later."
Surprisingly, the Villa manager is tipped to be Ferguson's successor at Manchester United, although the one that bookies favor is Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho
, who has expressed a desire himself to come to Old Trafford.
However, Beckham has revealed that he'd heard such rumors and reassured Aston Villa fans of his loyalty to the club that handed him his first managerial post.
"I said I wanted to finish what I started when Arsenal handed me that job offer back in February," says the London man. "And I wasn't joking or anything of the sort. So, I am here to stay. The United job would be fantastic, but, let's be honest, why would they pick me over Jose Mourinho?"