Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says he has been able to perfect an impersonation of Sir Alex Ferguson's Glaswegian accent, having worked under him during three different decades, although admits the impression carries a some fruity language.
Giggs was signed by Ferguson as a 14-year-old and, given that he is about to reach the age of 40, the Welshman has had plenty of time to hone his mimicry skills when it comes to his former manager.
Unsurprisingly, though, Giggs says that his parody of the recently departed Old Trafford icon includes some rather choice words, given Ferguson's reputation for lambasting his players with that infamous hairdryer.
"Er, yeah,” Giggs told The Times when asked if he can do a Ferguson spoof. "I’ve perfected that one over the years. There are a few swearwords in there."
Giggs will tick over into his fifth decade on Friday but continues to play a prominent role in the Manchester United first-team, while also aiding David Moyes with coaching duties.
He does not, however, feel that reaching the age of 40 holds any particular significance and still feels in the same physical shape as he did two years ago.
"Not really,” Giggs said when asked if he is bothered about his next milestone. “I think it means more to people on the outside. It’s a number. What’s the difference between 38 and 40? Not a lot.”