Old Trafford turned into a sombre chamber as fans were suddenly forced to consider life without Govan’s most famous son, whilst supporters at the Etihad, Stamford Bridge and Anfield could be heard dancing in joy at the revelation.
Make no mistake about it; Sir Alex Ferguson has been the core reason for every Manchester United title during his reign, and the Red Devils' stranglehold on the division has now suddenly become a lot looser.
Now is not the time for grieving, though. Now is the time to celebrate Ferguson’s unprecedented legacy and recall his triumphs.
Here are 13 mesmerizing victories from Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at Manchester United.