Sir Alex Ferguson revealed there is no room for sentiment as Manchester United manager, and warned he is not afraid to wield the axe on his squad.
In a results-driven business such as football, Ferguson has had to make a number of difficult decisions during his Old Trafford tenure, but insists everyone one of them was made with the best interests of the club in mind.
"You can't get sentimental in this job," said Sir Alex. "I love the players I've had. I've been very, very fortunate to have had great players. And I've been very fortunate to have had players come through with me for a long, long time.
"At United, [Ryan] Giggs, [Gary] Neville and [Paul] Scholes. Even Phil [Neville] and Nicky Butt, guys who were the spirit of the club. They have remained part of what I see is Manchester United."
After clinching the club's 19th league title with the 2010/11 crown, knocking nearest rivals Liverpool off their perch. Manchester United continue to go from strength-to-strength which would suggest that the Red Devils boss has got it right when it comes to making those calls.
"When I see something happening I have to act," he continued. "In the case of Butt and Phil, I had to release them because I was getting to the stage where I was terrified of talking to them - telling them they were not playing a game.
"They were good players. Players that played a big part in the resurrection of Manchester United, no doubt about that.
"So when the time came for me to let them go, I knew it was cutting strings; loyal strings, and I didn't enjoy it.
"But my job is to manage Manchester United. My job is to produce results. I'm not any different from anybody else. I need results here. I'll not be regarded here – and the club will not be regarded – in the same way if I was unsuccessful."
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