Old Trafford legend celebrates another.
Manchester United icon Sir Bobby Robson has revealed he is the reason why the club brought in Sir Alex Ferguson as manager 25 years ago.
When the Scot was appointed on Novemeber 6 1986, replacing Ron Atkinson, United had not won the league title since 1967.
Charlton was in that team and it was his insight that convinced the Red Devils board to appoint Ferguson.
Since then, he has turned United into a European power and transformed it into the world’s wealthiest club
Ferguson has so far won 12 league titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, the Champions League in 1999 and 2008, and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.
But it took almost four years to win his first trophy — the 1990 FA Cup. By last May, he was celebrating United’s record 19th English league title.
Charlton first noticed Ferguson while he was in charge at Aberdeen and led them to a European Cup Winners’ Cup final, where they beat Real Madrid 2-1 in 1983.
It was Ferguson’s delirious run down the Gothenburg touchline that lives in Charlton’s memory.
“Alex then was in the place he always wanted to be,” Charlton recalled. “When I first saw him I thought he lives (football). And he did.
“We are all really lucky at Manchester United — really lucky — we have had 25 years of absolute paradise.
“Every season we are expecting to win something, and we usually do. And it’s because of the manager — nobody else.
“He is a first class manager, the best manager, probably the best manager that’s been in the history of the game.
“I would say more than that. In sport, in any sport, nobody has done more than he has done. The success we have had has just been phenomenal.”