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Charlton hails Ferguson 'genius'

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Sir Bobby Charlton has added to the glowing tributes to Sir Alex Ferguson, branding the Manchester United manager a 'genius'.

Ferguson celebrated 25 years at the Old Trafford helm on Sunday and, rightly, has received praise from all quarters for his incomparable achievements.

However, things could have been so different had the United board opted to sack Ferguson following three seasons without any silverware to speak of.

But, says Charlton - who as a director at the time - these claims are purely fictitious, and getting rid of the great Scot was never on the agenda.

"There wasn't one board meeting where it was brought up. Never," Charlton told the Sunday Telegraph. "He knew what he was doing.

"You could see the growth of the young players, and we knew it was only a matter of being patient. And we were patient, because we knew that he was still the man for the job.

"We ran the club, but the playing side was left to him. He was a genius. He is a genius."

Ferguson has won 12 league titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two European Cups - among several others - since being appointed on November 6 1986.

To mark his anniversary, the club renamed the north stand in his honour, as well as unveiling plans for a commemorative statue.

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