“I was one of the fortunate ones who spent six fantastic years at Manchester United. I remember the day I joined, I failed my medical and I thought my move was going to collapse. He treated me like a son and I will never forget that moment. It was great to play under such a man; he was so demanding and his standards were so high. Yes, we had our ups and downs but so did most of the players during the 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.”
“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.”
“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!"