When Alex Ferguson joined United in November 1986, he had already developed a great reputation after driving Aberdeen to numerous trophies and breaking the traditional Old Firm stranglehold on Scottish football. Now he had taken on the biggest job in football, with a brief to bring back the glory days of Matt Busby and re-establish United as not just the biggest club in the land, but the best. At first, things didn't go smoothly and by 1990 there were press stories that his job was on the line. But Ferguson led his team to FA Cup success that year, and the groundwork he'd been laying was beginning to bear fruit as a new generation of young stars was about to emerge, starting with Ryan Giggs. That trophy marked the start of United's dominance throughout the 1990s, capped by the unique Treble of 1999 when the Reds won the Champions League, Premiership and FA Cup. This book tells not just the story of how Sir Alex did it, but features interviews with players, rival managers, colleagues and fans that provide a real insight into why he has been so incredibly successful.
David Meek was the football correspondent for the Manchester Evening News for many years. He is the author of numerous books on Manchester United, and lives in Sale, Cheshire. Tom Tyrrell has reported on Manchester United for forty years and has written many books about the club. He was the stadium announcer for fifteen years and is now a freelance writer and broadcaster.