The famously publicity-shy Paul Scholes has revealed that he timed his retirement 'perfectly' as he was able to fly under the radar of others exiting the big stage.
It's like the death of Mrs Thatcher all over again. The end of an era. A temporal shift. A stopping of the clocks.
Which in Sir Alex's case is appropriate.
Tom Cleverley has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, keeping the midfielder at Old Trafford until 2015.
On the face of it, the prospect of Wayne Rooney playing in tandem with last season's Premier League top goalscorer and the double Footballer of the Year is mouth-watering.
Ryan Giggs has agreed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United. The deal means that Giggs, who made his debut in 1991, will be part of United's first-team set-up for a 21st season.
Manchester United's worldwide merchandising revenues have been hit hard by anti-Glazer sentiment, according to a report by the Sport+Markt, the respected sports-business analyst.
Darren Fletcher has revealed he still faces a daily battle against the bowel condition which threatened to end his career at Manchester United following his quicker-than-expected return to first-team action.
Pele praises the Ulsterman with a generosity born of an awareness of his own unassailable position in football history.
To join Manchester United in any capacity was to become one of Matt Busby's extended family.
Ferguson believes Law, who is only two years older than him at 69, deserves to be revered
The first game: 2 March 1991. You look at the photos now and so much has changed
'I'd have loved to have stayed at Manchester United for my whole career and never gone'
The retiring Manchester United star has long been considered one of the finest players of his generation.
It was a brief, almost perfunctory conversation between two men who have lived and breathed Manchester United for a combined period of almost five decades.
On the 6th of November, Sir Alex celebrated 25 years managing Manchester United.
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is still coming to terms with his rise to prominence at Old Trafford.
Indeed, the first thing any successor ought to do before he sits in the shadow of Ferguson's name, is give Frank O'Farrell a call.
'He's been fantastic for Manchester United', said the Kop boss
Lots of managers are looking over their shoulders, worrying about the next result
No, no. We had to believe we could win. Even when we were 12 points behind, we all believed we could still win it.
And, as was revealed on that summer afternoon at Old Trafford, 'closure' was never an option - nor even a desire - for a truly extraordinary man.
Van Persie said he turned down a more lucrative move to champions Manchester City because the child within him told him United was the right club for him.
Chat show legend Sir Michael Parkinson has spoken fondly of his friendship with George Best and told how he still misses the Northern Ireland footballing legend.
In possibly the most wide-reaching talk ever given by Sir Alex Ferguson, Man United manager has told students at Harvard Business School the secrets of his success.
"Many great players have come through at Manchester United over the years, so this is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me." Charlton described it as "a fantastic compliment".