Sir Alex Ferguson has labeled his 25 years in the game as a 'fairytale' whilst listing the likes of Eric Cantona, Roy Kean and Bryan Robson as some of the top players who have made the journey so memorable.
The Manchester United boss reflected on his quarter century at the helm of the Old Trafford club and admits he cannot believe he had some of the world's best players in his care along the way.
"It is a bit of a fairytale to last so long," he said. "It has been a fantastic spell for me. It is something you don't think is going to happen and I appreciate that.
"When I look back I say to myself how fortunate I am to have had these players.
"The list is incredible, going back to the very start with Bryan Robson, Norman Whiteside, Brian McClair, (Mark) Hughes, (Paul) Ince, (Roy) Keane, (Eric) Cantona. What a collection of players. They were fantastic players.
"It is hard to think I controlled all these players for so long.
"Now to the present era of players we see today, different personalities and different cultures.
"It is difficult to put everything in a box. I don't think you can do that. It is such a varied time in management.
"Things change as the years go on. There is a different way of managing today than there was even seven or eight years ago."