In the lore of Manchester United's storied history, the club's allure and mystique rests largely on the backs of two Scotsmen dissimilar in temperament, alike in methodology and philosophy and forever linked by generation-defining success.
But while some segments of the United fandom will always argue over who was the better manager (I know my vote, considering who has more trophies), this year sees Sir Alex Ferguson overtake Sir Matt Busby in one historic factor: by reaching his 25th anniversary at the club. Sir Alex is now the longest-serving manager in United history.
Those 25 years have been full of ups and downs, all of them memorable. Who can forget finally beating Liverpool for the most championships in the league? Who can forget the thrilling last-minute comeback in Barcelona '99? And who can forget losing 6-1 to derby rivals City?
Oh, well, let's try to forget that last one.
Regardless, a defining characteristic of Sir Alex's teams has always been attacking football—a philosophy that has yielded bags of goals. Bags of them.
Some of these have been simple tap-ins of the most opportunistic nature. Some of them have been firecracker strikes—unstoppable missiles into the upper corner. And some of them have been so magnificent, or so meaningful, as to render them completely unforgettable.
Here are my picks for the 25 best goals of Sir Alex's 25-year reign. I'm not interested in ranking them in any set order. Rather, I wanted to pick my 25 and celebrate all of them equally.
Some of them got in on technical merit, while others based on their importance. And some of them are a little bit of both.
But all of them are memorable.