Sir Alex Ferguson says death of wife’s sister sparked retirement

The Manchester United great has stated that a family tragedy was the reason he stepped down as manager.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed to The Telegraph that the death of his wife’s sister was the key reason he opted to retire from the game.

The Scottish coach is a legend at Old Trafford, headlining a period of vast success for the historic club over almost three decades in charge.

However, despite constant rumblings over his pending retirement, Ferguson has stated that he intended to carry on at the club.

But, when his wife Cathy’s sister Bridget Robertson died, the Scot said he knew that he need to step away from the sport and focus on supporting his family.

“I definitely would have carried on,” Ferguson told The Telegraph.

“I saw she was watching television one night, and she looked up at the ceiling. I knew she was isolated.

“Her and Bridget were twins, you know?

“But when I told her this time I was going to retire she had no objection whatsoever. I knew she wanted me to do it.”

With one of the stands at Old Trafford named after Ferguson and the Scot adored by the club’s supporters, filling his shoes was always going to be a massive task.

David Moyes lasted less than a season as his compatriot’s replacement, while experienced trainer Louis van Gaal has failed to replicate Ferguson’s achievements despite vast investment.

United have ambitions of winning the Premier League title this season, with the club making a mostly positive start to the new campaign.

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