The extraordinary career of Sir Alex

YOU ONLY have to glance through the index of “Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography” (Hodder & Stoughton, £25) to realise how important Saddleworth’s Paul Scholes was to Manchester United’s glory days.

Yet Sir Alex candidly admitted when he first clapped eyes on the 13-year-old Scholes, he dismissed him as being too small to make it to the top.sport AF_hb cover
It was one of those rare occasions Sir Alex was proved wrong as he transformed Scholes from a teenage centre forward to become one of the world’s top midfield players.

Scholes, who only retired earlier this year at the age of 38 following an illustrious career, became a member of the celebrated ‘Class of 92’ whose exploits have just been made into a movie charting the period 1992/99.

The autobiography charts Sir Alex’s record-breaking and trophy-laden 26 years as Unitedmanager in which he took charge on exactly 1,500 matches and preside over seismic chances at the club over the last quarter of a century.

Sir Alex saw Manchester United change from a conventional football club to what is now a major business enterprise, and he never failed to move with the times. It was directly due to his vision, energy and ability that he was able to build teams, both on and off the pitch. He was a man-manager of phenomenal skill, and increasingly he had to deal with global stars.

He also developed an academy to bring on new young players like Giggs, Beckham, Butt, Scholes, and the Neville brothers creating a purposeful, welcoming, and much envied culture at the club which lasted the test of time.

Over the past four years, Sir Alex has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career and reveals his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyard areas of Govan to becoming one of the most successful football managers of all time.

The Saddleworth Independent has two copies of Sir Alex’s autobiography and to have a chance simply answer the following question.

How many times did Sir Alex win the Champions League while Manchester United manager?

Email answers to tony@saddind.co.uk before December 18 also providing an address and contact telephone number.