By the time Ferguson was appointed in November 1986, United had failed to win a league title in 19 years, not since the days of Busby, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best. By the time Ferguson hung up the hairdryer in 2013, he had elevated United to the most successful club in English football history and bowed out with a record 20th league crown. Where Keane was concerned, Ferguson stole the £3.75m signing from under the nose of Blackburn in 1993 after opposite number Kenny Dalglish opted to leave the final paperwork until Monday after agreeing the deal on a Friday. The 2-1 Drybrough Cup final defeat of St Mirren at Hampden is sometimes forgotten. “Winning the final in 1980 came on the back of securing the league title in 1980 and that was the building block for the next five years under Sir Alex. In a whirlwind weekend Cowan, then only 17, would start in a 2-1 friendly defeat of Arsenal less than 24 hours after scoring the winner in the Hampden final. It essentially confirmed that Ferguson is the undisputed number one, coming out on top with 49 major honours and collecting 17 more than his nearest contender. When it comes to the greatest managers in history, it's almost impossible to beat Sir But it was Harrison who schooled them in the United way daily and ultimately moulded them into professional players who would win it all. Ferguson took an active role in recruiting talents like Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville, the ‘Class of ‘92’. “We will never know how close I was to being sacked, because the decision was never forced on the United board. We could list legendary managers until we're blue in the face, but the only way to satisfy everybody is to speak objectively and there's no finer metric in coaching than trophies. “Luckily for me he came back again and signed me when I was 16 for Aberdeen. For as little as £5.99 a month you can access all of our content, including Premium articles. There is no other way to adequately describe such achievements. Sir Alex Ferguson career overview - Aberdeen, Manchester United, 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cup wins, two Champions League titles. But from the moment United captain Bryan Robson lifted the FA Cup in May 1990, the 23 years that followed rewrote football history. Cantona was the catalyst that brought United the inaugural Premier League title in 1992/93, as well as the two domestic doubles that followed. I won a trophy and then came up against players like Pat Jennings, Pat Rice and David O’Leary. Versatile striker Cowan would go on to make 55 appearances for the Dons, scoring 11 times. Cowan believes the Drybrough Cup was pivotal in the development of the Gothenburg Greats because it proved Fergie’s Dons, recently crowned league champions, could also go to Hamdpen and win a cup final. We are the last team outside of Celtic and Rangers to win the league – a frightening stat.”. United had enjoyed some highs since returning from the Second Division in 1975. That included the departures of Norman Whiteside and Paul McGrath in 1989 following a setback 11th place finish. But without that triumph at Wembley, the crowds would have shrivelled. He said: “He signed me for St Mirren when I was only 13 and I had a few years with Sir Alex at Love Street. © 2020 Sports New Media Limited. He also played the transfer market masterfully. Cowan said: “The Drybrough Cup was a big tournament and that was the last year of it. But Ferguson’s United’s claimed a record breaking 19th in 2010/11 after close to two decades of extraordinary dominance, pushing the tally to 20 in the legendary manager’s final season before retirement in 2012/13. Robins later scored again in the semi final against Oldham, netting in the 114th minute of an extra-time replay. It had given Busby the basis of his first great United team between 1947 and 1952 and was the system that later produced the ‘Busby Babes’ and the club’s 1968 European Cup winners. But it cannot be ignored that had the club not gone on to lift that trophy at the end of the season, there would have been serious questions asked of the former Aberdeen boss. Frank Gilfeather: Was Willie Young’s social media post offensive or crime against comedy? The Scot was always in control and it was ability to rebuild that gave him his unrivalled longevity. Who do you think is the greatest manager in history? When it comes to the greatest managers in history, it's almost impossible to beat Sir Alex Ferguson. “Less than 24 hours after winning that cup I started against Arsenal at Pittodrie as the 1980 league title flag was unfurled. United needed another replay in the final against Crystal Palace, with Lee Martin eventually scoring the only goal after an initial 3-3 draw. He said: “I qualified for a League winner’s medal with Aberdeen in the 84-85 season. Making his name with a slew of trophies at Aberdeen, the Scot would rise to legendary status with his achievements at Manchester United and spent no less than 27 years at Old Trafford. The elusive first league title, ending a 26-year drought, came in 1992/93, the first of 13. In front of a crowd of just 6,994 at the national stadium, Aberdeen fell behind to St Mirren in the 1980 final. Cowan said: “To this day I still rate the winner in the Drybrough Cup as my best goal. But his role as a mentor to the young talents emerging beneath him was just as crucial and helped secure ongoing success for another 15 years. On the other hand, it's been rumoured that Mourinho wants a move to clubs like Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain where it would be easier for him to bridge the gap. Say what you like about Ferguson's coaching, man-management and philosophy, it was his serial winning that has made him such a legend and it begs the question: can anyone compare? Open to the top four scoring teams in the top flight and second tier, The Drybrough Cup was the first ever tournament in Scotland to bear a sponsor’s name. Above all, Ferguson knew when the time was right to move players on, and when to rip things up and start again. 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