Ex-Manchester United captain Roy Keane has revealed that former manager Sir Alex Ferguson once gave a three worded team talk, reports the Evening Standard.
Keane, who has released this information in his new autobiography, has insisted that Ferguson's greatest strength was being able to get the feel of a group.
Strengths of Ferguson
The current Aston Villa assistant manager and Ferguson may not have enjoyed the best relationship in recent time, but Keane has certainly pointed out one of the Scotsman's greatest strengths.
In a promotional event for his book, Keane said: “I played under good managers, bad managers.
“The top managers get a feel for the group, they know what you need. Whatever Alex Ferguson’s strengths and weaknesses, that was by far his biggest strength.”
Tottenham team talk
And Keane has recalled a clash with Tottenham as one of Ferguson's greatest, yet shortest, team talks.
He continued by saying: “It was Tottenham at home.
“I thought, ‘please don’t go on about Tottenham, we all know what Tottenham is about, they are nice and tidy but we’ll f****** do them’.
“He came in and said: ‘Lads, it’s Tottenham.’ And that was it. Brilliant.
“It could have been a European semi-final, it could have been Leeds away, it could have been a home League Cup tie – Alex Ferguson always had a feel of the group.”
Keane and Ferguson, of course, enjoyed a fiery relationship throughout their stint together at the Theatre of Dreams, but it was ultimately an extremely successful one.
Manchester United's current side could do with an inspired team talk this weekend as they play host to Premier League table-toppers Chelsea. The Red Devils are already some way off the pace in England's elite division, and can't afford to be beaten by Jose Mourinho's side on Sunday.
In fact, United will be desperate to secure all three points, with Van Gaal relying on the likes of Angel di Maria, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Co. to find their best form against the Blues.