Sir Alex Ferguson has put Manchester United fans’ minds to rest over his future with the club, insisting he will be around for at least another three years.
Ferguson, who turns 70 at the end of this year, has now been in charge at Old Trafford for 25 years. The manager has amassed 12 Barclays Premier League titles with the club, as well as two Champions League trophies and a host of FA Cups, League Cups and FA Community Shields.
And while United fans tremble at the thought of losing their legend, Ferguson believes it will be a while yet before they will have to deal with such a thought.
"I've got three or four years left," he said. "I feel good. But when I do leave, I will leave in place a strong young team that will continue to succeed for my successor.”
Ferguson recently said that he wasn’t sure who could take over at United when he retires, though Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have both been rumoured to be open to the possibility of a move into the managerial role.
After some less than perfect performances from United over the past two weeks, the English giants are still top of the table and undefeated. And Ferguson revealed a little about his managing methods, saying that his side are currently performing even better than he expected.
"It's all about team spirit. In a match, I only need eight of my players to be on top form. If the other three aren't up to it, it's not serious. The other eight do the work for them,” Ferguson said.
"There has only been six matches where I've had all 11 players perform at their very best. It's like swallows. They always fly together in a group, in a V formation, and those at the front do the majority of the work. And they alternate regularly.
"If one swallow flies out of formation, two others go to get him and bring him back into the group. It's the same in my teams - sacrifice, friendship, and the giving of oneself to the team."
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