England manager Roy Hodgson has labelled Sir Alex Ferguson as a “magician” after he captured his thirteenth Premier League championship with Manchester United.

The 3-0 victory at Old Trafford against Aston Villa; in which Robin van Persie scored a marvellous hat-trick, saw United reclaim the Premier League off bitter rivals Manchester City; and now Roy Hodgson is the latest to add his praise to the veteran United chief.

He told BBC Sport: “It is incredible; the most incredible thing is being able to do it, year after year. 

“There is no doubt there is a certain lack of appetite that comes with winning things, it is very difficult to be as hungry for your second title as you were for your first so it must be even harder for your 13th title, or whatever it is if we take all Sir Alex’s titles together.

“And we are talking about someone with an incredible ability to keep himself fresh, just how many teams has he rebuilt? 

“His teams have won 13 league titles and goodness knows how many cups, so there is not much we can say really other that we would all like to know how he does it and we would all like to know the secret.

“And if we talk about magic in football, the only magicians I know are people like Sir Alex Ferguson who year after year, keep producing incredible performances from his teams and players, and keeps building teams from the ashes of previous teams.” 

Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton also mentioned that thoughts have already turned to retaining their crown next season.

He told Metro Sport: “Alex will already be planning next year, as soon as we won against Villa, his thoughts will have been on next year.”

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