Owen, Schmeichel & more: Twitter reacts to Ferguson’s retirement

Michael Owen and Peter Schmeichel both tweet their thoughts after Man United confirm Six Alex Ferguson will retire in the summer

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Michael Owen was among the tweeters after Wednesday's news Photo: Phil Greig / Stoke City FC

Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season after winning 13 Premier League titles during his 26-year career at Old Trafford.

The 71-year-old has also won two Champions League crowns, five FA Cup titles and four League Cups, with the Scot lifting a total of 38 trophies in his decorated reign.

Here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals, past and present, paying tribute to one of the greatest-ever managers.

Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan ‏(@piersmorgan) is hoping the Ferguson retirement rumours are true: “Please God, on behalf of all Arsenal fans, let this Fergie rumour be true.”

Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel (‏@Pschmeichel1) is desperate to hear any news but Ferguson retiring: “Let’s hope the ‘Major announcement’ at 2.30PM is Ronaldo coming back rather than SAF stepping down. #SAFmustSTAY2

But it’s confirmed Ferguson will be standing down, and former Everton midfielder Peter Reid (‏@reid6peter) hails the Scot as a true great: “SAF simply the BEST! SAF retires & winters back!!”

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson (‏@dannysimpson) can’t believe the news: “Wow I can’t believe Sir Alex has actually retired. It doesn’t seem real. He’s an absolute legend and I’m privileged to say I worked with him.”

United legend Paul McGrath (‏@Paulmcgrath5) keeps it short and sweet: “Sir Alex Ferguson. Respect!”

Ireland defender Sean St Ledger ‏(@seanstledger12) praises Ferguson despite his non-United allegiances: “Even if you’re not a United fan, you have to be surprised about the news today. What a manager. #legend”

Arsenal great David Seaman (‏@thedavidseaman) wonders if a power cut had anything to do with Ferguson’s retirement: “No wonder we had a power cut last night with the bombshell of Sir Alex’s retirement being announced!!! #absolutelegend”

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany ‏(@VincentKompany) shows class to praise their rivals’s manager: “Sir Alex, one of the best managers of all time. After 26 years of success in the game, we all owe him a tribute.”

Former Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby ‏(@hucks6dh6) wonders who will take charge: “Nearly impossible to replace Fergie. Only possibly Pep and Jose big enough, could it be a power shift in Premier League? #McfcAfcCfcBuzzing”

Ex-Man United striker Dion Dublin (‏@DionDublinsDube) is grateful to have worked with Ferguson: “Thanks Gaffa for the chance you gave me back in 1992 to play for the BIGGEST club in the world & grace Old Trafford as a Man United player #indebted!”

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge (‏@WayneRoutledge) hails Ferguson: “Just woke to see the news on Sir Alex… What he’s done at Man United has been nothing less than extraordinary! #Legend #G.O.A.T”

Comedian John Bishop (‏@JohnBishop100) clarifies he won’t be Ferguson’s successor: “Before rumours start getting out of hand I want to make things clear. I will not be taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson. Thank you.”

Former United striker Michael Owen (‏@themichaelowen) is left shocked by Ferguson’s retirement: “It’s just not sinking in! Manchester United with no Sir Alex just doesn’t feel right. What a man and great that it has ended on his terms. His record will surely never be eclipsed. Simply astonishing to read through his managerial record of achievements.”

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann ‏(@DietmarHamann) reckons Jürgen Klopp could do a job: “Well done and happy retirement to Sir Alex. What he has achieved will never be repeated. Plenty of time to watch early morning gallops now. I wouldn’t put anyone off backing Klopp. With his squad getting raided it might be a good time to jump ship.”

More from Schmeichel ‏(@Pschmeichel): “Disappointed, shocked, sad. Didn’t think THAT day would be today.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon ‏(@OfficialNeil) can’t imagine the Premier League without Ferguson: “The game just won’t be the same without Sir Alex.. What a contribution he has made to the game.. doubt anyone will ever replicate it.”

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