"Manchester is a working-class city with working-class people – that’s its history.
"And there’s always been a fantastic work ethic about this club – all the successful players here have had that.
"The great similarity [between United and Manchester] is the industrial part."
– Sir Alex Ferguson
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The club that was formed by railway workers in 1878 has always been based on principles of hard work and determination, which Sir Alex has upheld in his quarter-century at the helm.
It’s why the Reds boss can appreciate the theme behind United’s new home shirt: gingham, a fabric first produced in the Manchester cotton mills during the Industrial Revolution.
Watch a video above of Sir Alex discussing United’s ethos and the player he believes epitomised it best.
The 2012/13 shirt goes on sale at Old Trafford this Thursday, 31 May and will also be available to buy online at store.manutd.com.