Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography: 27 years in charge of Manchester United - season-by-season in pictures
2001/02 Despite a run of eight successive wins that saw United climb from ninth to top of the table they ended the season finishing third - their lowest placing since 1991. Worse for Ferguson was that Arsenal clinched the title in United's own back yard with a 1-0 win in the penultimate game of the season. Despite making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League - losing to Bayer Leverkusen - it was the first time since 1989 in which they were not either winners or runners up of a competition. Many believed the failures were down to Ferguson's decision to announce he was retiring at the end of the season, only to retract it at a later date.