I must admit, it came as a complete shock to me when I learnt that Ferguson had retired from his post as Manchester United manager.
The Scotsman has been an incredible manager, always giving his all and leading United to an amazing amount of success. No one has come close to what he has achieved, and no one ever will.
Probably nobody, bar Ferguson himself and a select few at the club, could foresee him retiring at the end of this current season. Everybody, myself included, thought he would have stayed on with the Red Devils for at least another two years, especially given that he has shown he can still compete at the highest level by winning the Premier League this season.
Ferguson brought his own style to the game; fiery, determined and a born winner, he remains the ultimate benchmark by which every manager worth their salt should be judged. His success story should serve as a reminder to clubs all over the world of the benefits to sticking with the same manager for the long-term.
Of course, this news will be welcomed by United's rivals like Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool because they now have a better chance of usurping the Red Devils at the pinnacle of English football.
That does not mean United will be drastically weakened by Ferguson's exit. The difference between Ferguson departure from the club and many others is that the 71-year-old tactician has left the United with its proud legacy still intact, and the talent, still readily available, while other managers usually leave their clubs with the team in far from an ideal state.
This will make it very easy for David Moyes when he takes over at the helm. There is no doubt Moyes will inherit a very good squad thanks to Ferguson. Furthermore, Moyes can always count on Ferguson, who will be staying on as a board member, to provide advice whenever he needs it.
But while Ferguson will be available as an advisor and mentor to Moyes, I do not expect him to wield his influence in team affairs from here on, although I am sure he will be tempted to do so. The former Aberdeen manager is smart and wise enough to know that Moyes will never be able to succeed unless given a free rein.
Still, there will be no doubt that Moyes will be placed under a certain amount of pressure having to step into the huge gap which Ferguson has vacated. Comparisons will surely be made between the two, especially during periods when United undergo a dip in form, but everyone must recognise that Ferguson is a tough act to follow, and Moyes must be given sufficient time to make a name at the club.
United's clout in the transfer market may also be compromised. Many players chose to join the Red Devils in order to work with Ferguson, and unfortunately, Moyes just does not have the same kind of allure. The 13 time Premier League winner has a superb record of helping players fulfil their potential and it is no surprise that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo chose to join United because of him.
Nobody knows for certain what United's future holds now that Ferguson has left. But perhaps for now, we should leave the future where it is and take a moment to reflect and appreciate all the wonderful moments the greatest ever football manager has given us.
Steve McMahon's Predictions
Aston Villa vs Chelsea (HT: 0-1 / FT: 1-2)
Rafael Benitez may have the Europa League final to look forward to but he will have to field a strong side to ensure Chelsea finish in the top four. The Chelsea players are in good form and will need to get one final away win to ensure a positive end to a turbulent season.
Stoke vs Tottenham (HT: 1-0 / FT: 1-1)
Everton vs West Ham (HT: 1-0 / FT: 2-0)
Fulham vs Liverpool (HT: 0-1 / FT: 0-2)
Norwich vs West Brom (HT: 0-0 / FT: 0-1)
QPR vs Newcastle (HT: 1-0 / FT: 1-1)
Sunderland vs Southampton (HT: 0-1 / FT: 1-2)
Manchester United vs Swansea (HT: 1-0 / FT: 3-0
It will be Ferguson's final home game and will be an important one for the manager. The United players are always professional but they will want to put on a show to give him the best sending-off possible. Ferguson will pick his strongest side although the starting line-up could also hint at his opinion on the importance of the players to the United cause.
*Former Liverpool and England international Steve McMahon is a football expert with ESPN's Monday Night Verdict at 8pm.