'Sir Alex Ferguson left indelible imprint on Champions League'

Manchester United boss recently lauded by UEFA boss.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been commended for his 27-year service to the Old Trafford club by UEFA president Michel Platini who noted the two-time Champions League winner's success in Europe's premier club competition, together with the continued ambassadorial role he plays.

'The 2012-13 season will also be remembered as the year one of the game’s great servants called time on his career,' wrote Platini in his UEFA end-of-season review.

Ferguson engineered victories in the 1999 and 2008 editions of the competition, with climactic triumphs over Bayern Munich and Chelsea, respectively. To compliment this, the Scotsman also found European success in 1991 when he pocketed the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and, previously, in 1983 with former club Aberdeen.

Platini continued: 'Twice a winner of this competition as manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has left an indelible imprint on the UEFA Champions League.

'It is strange to think that a coach who has featured so prominently across the European football landscape over three decades will not be seen issuing his instructions on the touchline next term but we hope he will continue to play a role with us behind the scenes, helping shape the direction of the sport and safeguarding its future.

'We wish him well in his well-earned retirement.'

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