08/05/2013 06:35 BST | Updated 08/05/2013 15:46 BST

Sir Alex Ferguson Retires: The Softer Side Of Fergie (PICTURES)

As Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement after a mammoth 26-and-a-half-years in charge of Manchester United, many will remember him as the heart and soul of Old Trafford.

Known for his fiery temperament but never wavering, Fergie has showed determination, hard graft and pure passion for his team, We take a look at the more loving side of Fergie in pictures....

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