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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 November 2006, 12:57 GMT
Sir Bobby Charlton on Ferguson
Sir Bobby Charlton
By Sir Bobby Charlton
Man Utd legend and director

Alex Ferguson has revolutionised Manchester United.

We had been in the doldrums for years under various different managers.

Everyone knew Manchester United was the biggest club - they always had the biggest gates but didn't get the results to show.

It was a club that had really good players but didn't play to its best potential.

When you have a lot of really important players you need a really important manager.

You have to have a boss. Matt Busby was the boss, Bill Shankly was the boss, Brian Clough was the boss and I thought Alex Ferguson was a boss.

He lives the game and if he loses his temper it is only for the right reasons.

Sir Bobby Charlton (right) and Sir Alex Ferguson
We knew we had the right man and we knew he would eventually come right

If he has to tear some strips off people that is the way it has to be. That is what makes him different to all the others.

To get best out of players you have to be in charge. I always felt before Alex came to Manchester United he was the boss, he was certainly the boss of Aberdeen and he did fantastic things for them.

When we got the opportunity to go for him we went for it and never regretted it.

It was said in the early stages that he was under pressure from the board - he was never ever under pressure from our board.

We knew we had the right man and he was doing the right things and we knew he would eventually come right.

There was a period where we played in the FA Cup and the media had been saying after almost every match that if we lose this match Alex will be on his way.

It was nonsense - he was never on his way but when we did win that FA Cup it was just the start.

He always said being second was not good enough, you had to be first. What he meant was winning the FA Cup was not as important as winning the title. That was the main thing.

He brought in players and has produced players over a period of 20 years.

He has given Manchester United the most fantastic ride. For supporters of Manchester United it has never been boring.

We have had fantastic players who have come and gone and he has made Manchester United what we always thought it was - number one.

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