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22/11/2012 16:34, Report by Gemma Thompson
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United in praise

To mark the unveiling of Sir Alex Ferguson's statue on Friday, outside the stand named after him at Old Trafford, MUTV spoke to a host of current and ex-players, fellow managers and even a former Prime Minister about the boss...

"I think the manager has been so successful because he’s passionate about Manchester United and he’s a born winner. He knows how to win games, how to handle pressure and how to look after his team and his players. He was like a father figure to me. I moved up from London to Manchester and he always said to me ‘if you’ve got any worries, come and knock on my door – it’s always open.’ I was scared to go and knock on his door because of who he is but he always made me feel as if I was part of a family at Manchester United."
- David Beckham

"I’ve known Alex quite a long time now and he’s a great guy to be with and has always been a huge supporter and friend to me. He’s one of these people that has a strength of character that immediately marks him out as a leader of people. He’s a great competitor but he’s also got huge integrity, to himself and to what he believes in. Alex is a great coach, but he is also a great leader, a great character, and, above all, for those of us who are supporters and friends of his, a great human being."
- Tony Blair, former Prime Minister

"Sir Alex Ferguson will probably go down as the greatest manager ever. He’s very driven – he always has been. He does have other hobbies but his main purpose in life is football and winning football matches and that’s what drives him. He’s still as motivated he was 25 years ago. He’s up there with Sir Matt Busby as one of the greats of all time. I think he’s got better and better over the years."
- Martin Edwards, honorary club president

"It’s an honour that the public get a chance to go and look at the statue and marvel at his record. He’s a very, very capable person and manager and I think the statue will be there forever. It’s a marvellous tribute. When we made the decision to go for him we didn’t in our wildest dreams ever, ever think that it would last as long as this. I won’t see his like again, I’m certain of that. We’re really lucky, and people are really

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