During more than a quarter of a century in charge of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson has always found the way to win — and win again.
Scrappy, abrasive and always up for a fight, Ferguson turned the club into a global power and established himself as the most successful manager in British soccer history.
And now, the 71-year-old Scotsman is going out on a high. On his own terms.
With his 13th Premier League title and 38th major trophy at United secured, Ferguson announced Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of the season.
‘‘The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly,’’ the Scotsman said. ‘‘It is the right time.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.