Legendary former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's autobiography set a British sales record after 115,547 copies were snatched up by the public in the first week, an industry magazine said Wednesday.

Titled "My Autobiography," it was launched Oct. 22 in an event that attracted hundreds of members of the media.

The book, whose cover price is 25 pounds ($40.17), set a record for most copies of a non-fiction title sold in the first seven days since its release, The Bookseller said.

The previous record-holder in the non-fiction category was British TV host and chef Delia Smith's "How to Cook: Book Two," which sold 112,000 copies in its first week.

Ferguson's book also has sold faster than other autobiographies that caused a stir in Britain such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair's "A Journey," which sold 92,000 copies in its first week three years ago; and one-time United superstar David Beckham's "My Side," which sold 86,000 first-week copies a decade ago.

The Scotsman, who managed United for 27 seasons before retiring earlier this year, said among other revelations that Pep Guardiola's FC Barcelona squads were the best teams he faced in his coaching career.

United lost twice in the Champions League final - in 2009 and 2011 - to Barcelona, a star-laden club featuring players such as four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.

Ferguson, who at age 71 serves as the iconic English club's director and ambassador, coached United to two Champions League titles (1999 and 2008) and 13 Premier League crowns.

He was knighted in 1999 for his services to the game, becoming Sir Alex Ferguson. EFE