08/05/2013 11:27, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Ex-Reds laud Sir Alex

1992/93 season because we were winners, but as far as total respect is concerned, the man was immense and he got the best out of me as a player, that’s for sure.”

Gordon McQueen
“Sir Alex is not getting any younger, year after year, and he has left a team that has won the Premier League title with a lot of young players like Welbeck, Cleverley, Smalling, Jones, Rafael and De Gea. The club is in great shape and I think that is one of the reasons why he has left now because he knows the task for the next manager is a hell of a lot easier.”

Clayton Blackmore
 “You are never going to see somebody managing a club for 27 years again, it will never happen. It is unbelievable what he did for the club. We weren’t doing great when he came, he had to fight and scrap in the early days, but he turned it all around and kept producing team after team. His success is frightening. He is strong willed and everybody hates losing, but I’ve never seen anybody hate losing as much as the manager. He instils that within everybody at the club, you have to be a winner or else you are not at the club for too long. He made us into a fantastic football team and I have fantastic memories of the manager.”

Cristiano Ronaldo (via Twitter)
"Thanks for everything, Boss."

Edwin van der Sar (via Twitter)
"It was coming for some time now but still a shock that hasn't sunk in yet!! Great manager and remarkable person!"

Michael Owen (via Twitter)
"It's just not sinking in! Manchester United with no Sir Alex just doesn't feel right. What a man and great that it has ended on his terms. What a privilege to have played under arguably the best manager the world has ever seen. His record will surely never be eclipsed. Simply astonishing to read through his managerial record of achievements."

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