Sir Alex Ferguson
Testimonial October 11th 1999 v Rest of the World XI
Quite simply Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in the history of British football. Importantly for United fans Ferguson upheld the attacking traditions of the club established by Sir Matt Busby.
Ferguson had been a combative striker in his playing days with Queens Park, St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Rangers (who paid a record £65,000 for his services), Falkirk and Ayr United. After retiring he moved into management at East Stirling, moving to St Mirren and then Aberdeen before joining United in November 1986.
He is the longest serving manager in United's history and,the club has won 28 major trophies during his time, as well as the Charity Shield on ten occasions.
Ferguson transformed the club from perennial under achievers into the dominant side in English football, and a major force in Europe with three Champions League Finals in just four seasons.
Ferguson re-established disciplined management at the club and although loyal to his players, has always considered the best interests of the club when making decisions on a player's future. Although never afraid to spend money for the right player, he has overseen the development of some of the finest young players to emerge over the last quarter century.
United wore their standard European home shirt (with embroidered match details but no sleeve patches or player's names) and socks, with the standard home shorts.
Around the 70th minute the Rest of the World XI were replaced by a team of United Legends, who wore the current season's change kit; the shirt lacked match embroidery and sleeve patches but included the player's names. The shorts on both kits lacked numbers.
There is a YouTube video from this game.