London: Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has urged manager Sir Alex Ferguson to scotch any thoughts of retirement and drive the club on to more glory.
“The record of 19 league titles goes down purely to Alex. It would not have been possible without him. He is the epitome of everything that is good about Manchester United and the ethos of this great club,” a leading daily quoted Charlton, as saying.
“There is no point suggesting anybody else to be manager of Manchester United because there is no one around who can fill his boots. I hope he can carry on for a long time yet. Alex is in control,” he added.
Ferguson has been in charge of United since 1986, and his tenure has seen the club go through an era of success and dominance both in England and in Europe.
With 24 years as United manager, Ferguson is the longest serving manager in the club’s history after overtaking Sir Matt Busby’s record on December 19, 2010.
During this time, Ferguson has won many awards and holds many records including winning Manager of the Year most times in British football history.
In 2008, he became the third British manager to win the European Cup on more than one occasion.
He was knighted in 1999 for his services to the game and also holds the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen.