As the UK’s press gathered to see which former players, opponents and managers would get the hairdryer treatment in black and white – it became apparent Sir Alex wasn’t in Carrington.
While it was certainly Fergie Time, the great man’s spirit didn’t fill the room of what is ironically a Tory stronghold – and it’s said that he looked a ill at ease with the atmosphere.
But at least we got what we all wanted – verdicts on who he rated and slated during his 26 year reign at Old Trafford. Not on general release for a couple of days – the leading hacks of planet football published the most intriguing soundbites for all United fans to see. Here’s our video guide to the best: