Manchester United Striker Javier Hernandez has revealed his pride at learning from Sir Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement earlier this week.

Hernandez’s tribute follows countless others after the legendary United manager called time on his 26-year career at the club.

Ferguson is set to retire from football management at the end of the season and leaves behind enormous shoes to fill and a record that will, in all probability, never be matched again in professional football.

The 71-year-old manager won every major accolade in club football in his time at Manchester United and tributes from former players and managers from the footballing world have been pouring in to commemorate the great manager’s achievements.

Hernandez, who joined the club in the summer of 2010, told TV Azteca in his native Mexico that he is enormously proud to have worked under a manager many in football regard as the best ever.

“When I retire it will be satisfying to say that I was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s boys,” he said. “But it’s more than an anecdote for me. I see it as an achievement and a blessing. It’s a source of pride to say I was with one of the best coaches in history.

“Something that impresses me is that he never lost his competitiveness. In spite of everything he won he continues to be hungry. He’s a winner.”

Hernandez himself has witnessed the genius of Ferguson having seen him overthrow cash-fuelled Manchester City in the race for the title.

Sir Alex will take charge of two more games for Manchester United: Sunday’s clash against Swansea City at Old Trafford and the Reds’ final match of the season, away at West Brom on Sunday 19 May.


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