On the evening of 6 November 1986, Alex Ferguson was appointed manager of Manchester United. In this clip from 'Morning Ireland' the following day, Des Cahill announces the appointment of Alex Ferguson to the post. Having agreed to take over at Old Trafford, Ferguson said that United was the only club in the world that could persuade him to leave Aberdeen.
Ferguson went on to manage Manchester United for 26 years making him the longest serving manager in English league football. During this time he won 38 trophies - including 13 Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League twice.
Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement on 8 May 2013.
Introduced by David Hanly with report from Des Cahill on 7 November 1986.
The accompanying image shows Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in November 2011.