The month was November; the year 1986.
Ron Atkinson has just been sacked and Manchester United are about to take a punt on a fiery Scot from north of the border.
His brief was simple – restore the glory days; his dream, however, was simply out of this world.
With Liverpool gallivanting around the continent clinching silverware at will, Alex Ferguson famously vowed to ‘knock them off their perch’ as the Scousers giggled and sneered on Merseyside.
Still, he set to work – there was a dynasty that needed building, an empire that needed erecting – and he wasn’t about to let anything stop him.
After a difficult first couple of years, shards of Ferguson’s dominance began to crack through the Liverpool red landscape that had governed English football for an age.
Then, once he had bled his regime-changing ‘Class of 92’, there was simply no turning back.
United were transformed into a relentless, trophy-winning machine and that outlandish dream of ceremoniously felling the Liverpool kingdom began to blaze into view.
In truth, there are simply too many memories to recount.
Who can forget those impudent Eric Cantona days, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole spreading fear across the continent and of course Barcelona 1999?
Supremely talented footballers would then pick up the mantle as the Ferguson era marched from strength to strength.
Wayne Rooney was signed and before long was the face and beating heart of the club, smashing records for fun and carrying the Ferguson party to even more heady heights.
Cristiano Ronaldo won a Ballon d’Or and Rio Ferdinand formed one of the greatest defensive duos ever with Nemanja Matic.
All the while the evergreen Ryan Giggs would continue to quietly implement Ferguson’s vision with ruthless efficiency.
It was an emphatic era, packed full of dug-out temper tantrums, shrewd little mind games and, above all else, lots of winning.
13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 Champions Leagues, a Super Cup and a Club World Cup later, Ferguson would eventually call time on his remarkable career.
He went out with a bang, roaring to a final Premier League title thanks to the exploits of Robin van Persie, who, in typical fashion, he snatched away from one of his main rivals.
Today, on his 78th birthday, we here at GIVEMESPORT want to pay tribute to a true legend of the game.
Undoubtedly the greatest manager to have ever graced a European touchline, Ferguson’s legacy will live on forever at the Theatre of Dreams.
Happy birthday Sir Alex – here’s to many more.