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Sir Alex Ferguson: Marcus Rashford and Rio Ferdinand lead the birthday messages to Man United legend

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Happy birthday to the boss! Marcus Rashford and Rio Ferdinand lead the birthday messages to Sir Alex Ferguson as Man United striker hails him ‘an icon, a hero, and everything I aspire to be’… while ex-defender mocks him up as a king!

  • Marcus Rashford and Rio Ferdinand wished Sir Alex Ferguson happy birthday
  • United fans unveiled a banner in Old Trafford stands at their 3-1 win over Burnley
  • United striker and former defender were among the first to publicly send wishes 


Marcus Rashford and Rio Ferdinand were among the first to publicly wish Sir Alex Ferguson happy birthday as Manchester United’s legendary manager celebrated reaching the age of 80.

United fans unveiled a banner in the Old Trafford stands at their 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday night to celebrate their former boss’s milestone.

And on the big day, United striker Rashford and former Red Devils defender Ferdinand were quick to send their birthday wishes.

Marcus Rashford was one of the first to publicly wish Sir Alex Ferguson a happy birthday

Marcus Rashford was one of the first to publicly wish Sir Alex Ferguson a happy birthday

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also sent his old boss a birthday message

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also sent his old boss a birthday message

Ferdinand accompanied his post by mocking up a picture of Ferguson with a crown, beard and party horn

Ferdinand accompanied his post by mocking up a picture of Ferguson with a crown, beard and party horn

‘Happy 80th birthday to the greatest,’ Rashford wrote on his Twitter profile.

‘So proud to have been able to share memories with you over the last couple of years. You’re an icon, a hero, and everything I aspire to be. Enjoy your day SAF.’

While Ferdinand accompanied his message by mocking up a picture of Ferguson with a crown, beard and party horn.

The Manchester United faithful acknowledged Sir Alex Ferguson's birthday on Thursday

The Manchester United faithful acknowledged Sir Alex Ferguson’s birthday on Thursday

Amazon Prime Video cameras captured Ferguson's reaction at the fans' Old Trafford banner

Amazon Prime Video cameras captured Ferguson’s reaction at the fans’ Old Trafford banner

His post read: ‘Happy 80th birthday boss The creator of a machine that enabled people to learn & become Winners.’  

The banner unfurled at Old Trafford on Thursday was also accompanied by chanting and singing directed at the Scotsman. 

The Manchester United fans have nothing but admiration for Ferguson. Under his tenure, United became England’s most successful club – winning 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles.   

Ferguson was also the manager who first brought Cristiano Ronaldo to the club and helped him on his path to stardom. 

After 27 years at the helm at the Premier League giants he retired in 2013 and the club have failed to replicate his success.

The red birthday sign read: ‘Happy 80th Sir Alex’ and featured a picture of the Scottish manager.

The Amazon Prime Video cameras captured Ferguson’s reaction with the club legend beaming from ear to ear.

Under Ferguson's tenure, United became England's most successful club - winning 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles (above)

Under Ferguson’s tenure, United became England’s most successful club – winning 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles (above) 

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