Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted his disciplinarian style may have cost the Red Devils more Premier League titles.
The Scot led the Old Trafford club to 13 titles and is classed as one of the best managers in club football history, but he thinks there could have been more success.
Ferguson fell out with big name stars like Jaap Stam and David Beckham during his time as United boss, but admits he would not change his style if it meant more titles, as discipline comes above everything else.
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The claim comes from Ferguson's latest book Leading, which comes out September 22, but Manchester United have released an extract on their official Facebook page.
In the first of six extracts the 73-year-old said: "People will give a manager plenty of opportunities to crack the whip so it’s best to pick and choose your moments,
"You don’t have to dish out a punishment very often before everyone gets the message. I place discipline above all else and it might have cost us several titles. But if I had to repeat things I’d do it precisely the same because discipline has to come before anything else."
Ferguson ended United's 26-year wait for a title and proceeded to dominate English football. The Red Devils have been struggling to reach the standards set by the Scot since his departure.
Louis van Gaal, in his second season at Old Trafford must have serious expectations of winning a title before his contract ends next summer and will be hoping his side can lift the trophy this season.
However United's performances will have to improve as they have been below par this season despite picking up nine points.
Having dominated possession their build-up play has been slow and they have struggled to break teams down. But if they can rediscover the style of play that led to their purple patch last season then United will become a force once again.