On this day in 1978, Fergie was told to clear his desk at Love Street. He lost his fight in court, with an industrial tribunal ruling he had "neither by experience nor talent, any managerial ability at all". Showed them, didn't he?
Everyone has an anecdote to tell about the most naturally gifted player of a generation, from flying tackles to fishing rods – and there was true on-pitch greatness amid the off-pitch madness. Ahead of FA Cup semi-final weekend, the stage for his greatest moment, FFT looks back at the glory years