When Alex Ferguson took the reigns at Old Trafford in early November 1986, there would not have been anyone who thought he would still be in the job in 2011. Ferguson is coming up on a quarter century as United manager in December this year, having surpassed Sir Matt Busby's record as longest serving United manager in December last year. Quite astonishing stuff really, considering that, according to figures released by the League Managers Association last year, the average manager in the English game has a 1.4-year tenure.
Ferguson has reinvented United in the time he has been in charge, taking a team that was second to bottom when he took over to the very summit of European competition. He has also done that which he was hired specifically to do, break Liverpool's hold on the English game.
In doing this he has called on many players, and there are those who are constantly held up as examples of what it is to be an amazing player for such an esteemed and famous football club. In this piece, we shall take a look at some of the players who influenced things greatly, but who are perhaps not remembered as well as others are.
Also included are people in the organization who helped pull strings that had major effects on what the club has been able to achieve.
This article will be a little different than the pieces that continually churn out a parade of United players that everyone fawns over; it will instead focus on some of those who have been left in the shadows in such tribute pieces, and that is the purpose of the piece, to provide something just a little bit different than the usual.
Some of the most influential figures in Alex Ferguson's Manchester United history.