Manchester United’s late goal against Manchester City sparked wild celebrations as it confirmed all three points.

It was the first time United had done the double over City since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

To top it off, Sir Alex himself was pictured on television in the stands at Old Trafford looking happier than he has done in a long time.

This was not lost on current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said he was delighted to see his former gaffer looking so happy.


Solskjaer told the club website: “The fans today – what an atmosphere. At the end, seeing everyone in the stands. You turn around and you see Sir Alex up there, he is proud and it’s a big moment for every one of us.”

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Significant win

If he has not already, Solskjaer should be showing his players the footage of Ferguson celebrating. It demonstrates the impact the team can have.

Sir Alex provided United supporters with the greatest era of club dominance in English football, winning 13 titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, and two Champions League trophies.

But since he retired in 2013, he has been as powerless as the rest of us to watch the team’s slow agonising decline.

He has been at Old Trafford every week, apart from during his health scare, and cameras have often panned to him at tough moments. During the David Moyes days it was a near weekly occurrence.

This victory provides a bit of hope that we are moving in the right direction again. Sir Alex enjoyed the moment, and so did we.

The big hope is that this is the start of something special. It’s dangerous to look too far into the future, and is best right now to just savour the win for what it is, an important three points. As Solskjaer noted, it was just good to see Fergie smiling again.

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