After Manchester United Football Club announced the retirement of manager Sir Alex Ferguson on its Twitter account yesterday, fans inundated social media with photos, tributes, statistics – and memes.
Manchester United Football Club’s tweet announcing Ferguson’s retirement with the hashtag #thankyousiralex became the No 1 trend worldwide within eight minutes, receiving 100,000 mentions within one hour.
Ferguson (71) has been manager of the club for 26 years. He will step down at the end of the season.
Several media outlets have reported that Everton boss David Moyes is to succeed Ferguson, with a possible announcement about the appointment to be made this afternoon.
Ferguson still has Twitter abuzz today, as evidenced by the hashtag #SAF trending on the microblogging site.
News of Ferguson’s retirement has also been keeping creators of memes busy: