One of the reasons behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s remarkable success was his brilliant man-management skills.
The legendary Scottish coach, who spent 26 years at Manchester United, knew which players needed an arm around the shoulder when things weren’t going well and which players required a dose of the famous hairdryer treatment.
Ferguson retired from management in 2013 but is still in contact with some his former players. Gary Neville confirmed that he spoke to the 74-year-old before taking the job at Valencia in December, while Javier Hernandez revealed this week that he and his ex-boss still exchange text messages.
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"For me, he is the best," Hernandez said in an interview on BBC Sport’s Football Focus, per the Telegraph. "He gave me the chance to make my dream come true first of all in Europe and then for the biggest club in football history.
"For me Sir Alex Ferguson is still a very important person in my life."
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Chicharito: Fergie text me before Atletico game
Chicharito was asked whether he still keeps in touch with Ferguson, to which he replied: "Yeah even now when we played in the Champions League before the Atletico Madrid game we texted each other.
"I saw him two games ago and we still have lots of contact.
"When I was going to Real Madrid on loan I went to his house in person and we spoke.
"We keep in contact as well as we can because he has lots of other things to do now he has retired."
United fans frustrated when Hernandez was sold
Many Manchester United fans were left frustrated when, a day before the transfer window closed last summer, Louis van Gaal accepted a £7.3 million bid from Bayer Leverkusen for the Mexico international.
Days earlier, in a Champions League play-off match against Club Brugge, Hernandez came off the bench and missed a penalty. As far as Van Gaal was concerned - and it’s safe to assume this because of his memorable reaction after Chicharito’s missed spot-kick - the striker had blown his final chance to impress.
Hernandez, who was loaned out to Real Madrid by Van Gaal last season, admits he was disappointed that he couldn’t win over the veteran Dutch coach but still admired his honesty.
"Of course it is disappointing when somebody doesn't give you their 100% confidence,” the Mexican added, “but I said thank you to him at the time because he was very honest."
Hernandez is tearing it up with Bayer Leverkusen
United's loss, however, has undoubtedly been Bayer Leverkusen’s gain.
The 27-year-old has scored a magnificent 24 goals in 30 appearances this season - the best tally of his career - leaving the Old Trafford faithful even more frustrated that Van Gaal failed to give him a fair crack of the whip.
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