Ex-Reds applaud Sir Alex's achievement

Wednesday 29 March 2023 11:07

Three of Sir Alex Ferguson's former greats have acknowledged some of the secrets to the legendary manager's success at Manchester United.

The Scot has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of fame as he and Arsene Wenger become the first managers to receive the honour.

Peter Schmeichel and Paul Scholes are fellow inductees and spoke in glowing terms about the man who made the Reds tick and never let the side's standards drop.

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Sir Alex reflects his Hall Of Fame entry

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"I would be very sad if he's only going to be remembered by the hairdryer and ‘Fergie time’," confessed Schmeichel, undoubtedly one of the top goalkeepers in the competition's history. "I would say he's one of the nicest people I've ever worked with.

"He paid an interest in me, my life, my family. He knew everything about my family before I arrived. He kept himself informed. For instance, if I needed to go back and see my parents, it was never a problem. He was so understanding in in every aspect. It was absolutely fantastic.

"For me, more than anyone, he is a guy that made the Premier League. He was a manager for so long and won 13 titles. I don't think anyone will ever be able to beat that. I think his contribution is what we see today. It's the best league in the world and he was instrumental in that."

Ex-England international midfielder Scholes echoed those sentiments, telling the Premier League: "Until anybody gets close or goes past him, he will be the greatest manager that the Premier League has ever seen. I don't see how that can ever be beaten. But as we're talking after 30 years, he's by far the most successful and, in my eyes, will always be the best. And, hopefully, his record will always stand.

"The thing that was massive at the start of every season was Sir Alex’s hunger and desire. If you didn't have that, he could sense that straight away and you were gone. So to reproduce that year on year was something he was brilliant at doing. And he was a winner. He needed to win."

And Rio Ferdinand, one of the country's finest defenders, was in awe of the unflinching commitment and drive of the coaching icon.

"Every move he made was calculated," said the centre-back. "I don't think there would have been many interviews in crunch times of a season that he went into where he hasn't had a thought process going into it.

"Whether it be the team have been terrible or the referee’s made a small decision that maybe impacted the game a little bit, everything he does is for a reaction and that's part of his greatness. He played that game better than anyone.

Peter Schmeichel has spoken about the warmth of Sir Alex's character.

"He was an animal," added Ferdinand. "When you look back at his age, how long he'd been at the club - his appetite for the game, his appetite for rebuilding a team, it was crazy. Even in the last year of his time at Man United, he's coming in earlier than everyone else.

"Nine times out of 10, you walk out to the car and he's still there. You look up at his office, he's either swinging around in his chair with one of the papers or on his phone, putting a bet on the horses at Cheltenham or something if that's the time of the year.

"I would sit down with other players and go: ‘How is he still like this?' By the end of my career, which was like a playing career of 15, 20 years, I was ready to just sit down and relax. This guy is just relentless. He's relentless year after year, but that's the addiction to winning. That's the addiction to building great things."