Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says Sir Alex Ferguson’s ability to motivate his side makes him one of the great managers in the game

The 69-year-old celebrates his 25th year as manager at Old Trafford, leading many of his current and former players to lead the tributes to the Scot.

And Rooney, who was just a year old when Ferguson was appointed as United boss, says his motivational techniques are one of the reasons behind his success.

"Some of his team talks... you walk out on the pitch and you say to each other 'How good was that?'

"For the British players who understand him, it is incredible. It's more difficult for the foreign lads to understand.

"But it gets you right up for the game and I don't really think that is something that can ever be replaced."

"For me, he's a great manager and a great man. He is the reason I signed and a big reason why I'm still here," Rooney added.

"He has been in charge of United since I was one year old.

"All my childhood and growing up, you watched him on TV, doing interviews before and after games. Then to come and play for him is a great honour."

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