United legend lauds Fergie impact

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Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has paid the ultimate tribute to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The England World Cup winner, who was knighted for his services to football in 1994, has witnessed the rise to prominence of the Red Devils following the formation of the Barclays Premier League in 1992.

Ferguson has undoubtedly been pivotal to the rise of the nineteen-time English champions, and as the Scot closes on his 25th year in charge of the club, Charlton was eager to play-up the importance of the manager.

"There is no point suggesting anybody else to be manager of Manchester United, there is no one around who can fill his boots," said Charlton.

"He is the epitome of everything that is good about Manchester United and the ethos of this club. He knows the game inside out.


"The reason everybody performs to their best is that he is in control, not just of his staff and the first team, but the whole of the club, and as a result it operates in unison. I hope he can carry on for a long time yet.

"The record of 19 league titles goes down purely to Alex Ferguson."

It could have been oh so different for the 69-year-old, who was coming under pressure at Old Trafford in the late 1980s after a run of inconsistent performances.

Charlton was recognised as one of the manager's biggest supporters at the time, and 12 league titles have since followed.

"From the very first game that Alex took over the team, you knew that we had such a talented manager, and it was only a matter of time that he would get it right."

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