Sir Alex Ferguson has been named Manager of the Year by his fellow league managers and used the occasion to offer his support to sacked Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Ferguson was also named the Barclays Premier League manager of the year following Manchester United's title triumph, and picked up a special merit award for having passed 2,000 matches as manager.

Speaking at the LMA awards dinner in London via video link from Old Trafford, Ferguson said: "It's a wonderful honour - it has been a fantastic season for us in the most difficult league in the world."

Ancelotti, sacked by Chelsea on Sunday, attended the dinner and Ferguson said to him: "Carlo you are a fantastic man and you have showed great courage in coming to the dinner, well done."

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