Sir Alex Ferguson: 10 interesting stats

Sir Alex Ferguson

1 – The UEFA Cup/Europa League is the only trophy Sir Alex Ferguson has competed in as Manchester United manager and not won. His side were eliminated by Torpedo Moscow in 1992-93, Rotor Volgograd in 1995-96 and Athletic Bilbao in 2011-12.

3 – Manchester United have never finished outside the top 3 in the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson’s helm. They have won an unprecedented 13 league titles from 21 seasons, finished runners-up on five occasions and third three times. Before the inauguration of the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson guided Manchester United to runners-up (twice), 6th, 11th (twice) and 13th-place finishes in the old Division One.

5 – Of the 27 seasons he has been in charge of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson only went through 5 of these without lifting a trophy. This included his first three after taking charge in November 1986, with the 2001-02 and 2004-05 seasons being the only other two.

38 – Sir Alex Ferguson won 38 trophies as Manchester United, including a record 13 Premier League titles. This season’s 20th extended their record for most top flight English titles. The trophies he has won at Old Trafford are as follows:

Premier League (13)
FA Cup (5)
UEFA Champions League (2)
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1)
UEFA Super Cup (1)
Intercontinental Cup (1)
FIFA World Club Cup (1)
League Cup (4)
Community Shield (10)

44 – Sir Alex Ferguson has defeated all 44 teams he has faced during the Premier League era.  He also has a positive win-loss record over 42 of those.  Only Chelsea have recorded more wins over Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the Premier League than they have lost to Manchester United. The Blues lost on 13 occasions to his side, but Juan Mata’s goal on Sunday was the 14th occasion Chelsea have beaten United. Burnley are the only club to have won as many times as they have lost to Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League (1 win, 1 loss).

527 – Sir Alex Ferguson has won 527 Premier League matches as Manchester United manager. That’s 161 more than second-placed Arsene Wenger. The Scot is the last remaining manager from those who were in charge during the inaugural Premier League season.

1,498 – Sir Alex Ferguson has been in charge of Manchester United for 1,498 games. With two games remaining this season, his final game in charge at Old Trafford will be this Sunday versus Swansea City and his final game as Manchester United manager at West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the 2012-13 season.

1999 – Manchester United’s historic treble of winning the 1998-99 Premier League title and the FA Cup and Champions League in the same season was the first, and to date the only occasion an English side has won all three trophies in the same season.

2,762 – Manchester United scored 2,762 goals in all competitions in the 1,498 games Sir Alex Ferguson has been in charge. They have a goal difference of +1,403 during his era, which included a Premier League record 9-0 thrashing of Ipswich Town in March 1995.

9,680 – Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from football 9,680 days after he took the job on 6 November 1986. Of the current Manchester United squad, 17 players were not even born when he took charge at Old Trafford.