Ed Miliband has paid an emotional tribute to Alex Ferguson, saying he "will never be forgotten."
The Labour leader was the first political leader to comment with a tweet that read more like an obituary after Fergie announced he was becoming a Director at Old Trafford.
Ferguson is a life-long Labour supporter, saying he has never forgotten his working-class roots.
With his bombshell announcement coming just before the Queen's speech, Fergie neatly hijacked press coverage of the government's forthcoming legislative programme.
Prime Minister David Cameron paid his own tribute, referencing his favourite club, Aston Villa: