Alex Ferguson sets Man U mark

Updated: December 19, 2010, 10:54 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Alex Ferguson has surpassed Matt Busby to become Manchester United's longest-serving manager.

Sunday marks 8,811 days since Ferguson replaced Ron Atkinson, although he was denied a chance to celebrate the milestone with a victory over Chelsea after heavy snow forced the match to be called off.

The 68-year-old Ferguson has won 26 major trophies since arriving at Old Trafford in November 1986, including the Premier League eleven times and the Champions League twice.

Busby, a fellow Scotsman who died in 1994, had two spells in charge of United -- between 1945-69 and 1970-71 -- and produced the club's first European Cup as well as five league titles.

Ferguson says "it's a surprise to me" to be surpassing Busby's record.

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