United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Manchester University in recognition of his 25 years at the club.
Sir Alex, 69, was presented with the University’s highest honour at a ceremony yesterday.
He said: “I think it’s always nice to be appreciated and recognised, and getting this recognition is testimony to all the hard work that has gone on at Manchester United in the last 25 years, not just by me, but by everyone at the club."
The Scot also dismissed any talk of stepping down from his Old Trafford role.
He said: “I just don’t think about retirement any more, when you’ve been on the treadmill for so long, 25 years in my case, and my health is good at the moment, it’s just a matter of looking forward to being the manager of Manchester United, rather than worrying about Alex Ferguson."
The University's Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Rod Coombs made the presentation.
He said: “These two and half decades of the Ferguson era at United have coincided with – and been a big part of – the renaissance of this city. That renaissance has been manifest in industry, in commerce, in architecture, in the arts, in our University, and in sport.
“Of course we are blessed with two great football clubs here, but today we are celebrating the achievements of one manager who has made a unique contribution at Manchester United, and through that, a unique contribution to the city of Manchester and its prominence in the world."
The ceremony marked the University's Foundation Day.
Honorary degrees were also presented to Dame Lynne Brindley, CEO of the British Library, composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, patron of the University’s Music Society, Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline.