Sir Alex Ferguson Celebrates 25 Years at Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson Celebrates 25 Years at Man Utd

"It was a long day," Ferguson said. "I was worried we wouldn't play well. I thought we were anxious. Sometimes these emotional occasions — which for me it was — get through to them."

Sir Alex Ferguson walked onto the pitch through a guard of honor formed by Manchester United and Sunderland footballers. A crowd of 75,570 gave Fergie an ovation and David Gill announced the north stand was being renamed after Ferguson, much to his surprise.

"I never expected that," Ferguson said. "It was a real surprise."

Former Man United superstar David Beckham paid tribute to Ferguson, his former manager, cexpressing his gratitude to Fergie who he said became a surrogate father figure to him.

The former United No. 7 hailed the manager's remarkable achievements.

"As a manager, he's got everything. That's what is great about him. He has got the staying power that not many people have," Beckham said. "You don't get the success he has had without upsetting a few people along the way and he is not afraid to do that. "He is old school but he has adapted when he has needed to at Manchester United. I am honoured to have played under him."

The Red Devils are in second place in the Premiership, five points behind Manchester City.

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