United legends hail Sir Alex

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Manchester United Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law have both paid tribute to manager Sir Alex Ferguson on the eve of the 69-year-old completing 25 years at the helm at Old Trafford.

The pair, both European Cup winners with the club in 1968, consider the Scot to be the greatest football manager British football has ever seen.

Furthermore, despite Ferguson turning 70 later this year, both Charlton and Law says the boss can manage the club as long as he wants.

“He has been so successful that he must certainly go down as the greatest manager that there has ever been,” Sir Bobby said.

“I know I played under Sir Matt Busby but that is a fact. You only have to look at his incredible record to see that is the case because he has won a phenomenal amount of trophies at the club.

“I am very pleased because he has made life a lot easier for everyone concerned with Manchester United and his 25th anniversary in charge at Old Trafford deserves to be celebrated because I think it will prove to be unique, especially with most managers only lasting on average just a few years nowadays.

“As for how long he should stay in charge at Old Trafford that is a question that others should put to him. But as far as I am concerned, he should carry on in the job for as long as he wants.”

Law, a scorer of 237 goals at Old Trafford, is in agreement that Ferguson must be considered the greatest manager of all time.

“Sir Matt built three great teams – the 1948 team that I didn’t see, the '58 team that unfortunately was involved in the Munich air disaster, they would have dominated for quite a few years, and then he built the '68 team," Law said.

“It is the same as Alex, building the title-winning side of the 90s and now a new team is coming up as well which by my reckoning means that he has built up five teams in his time at Old Trafford.

“He is committed to playing attractive, attacking football and when something in the team needs to be replaced he gets it changed with the minimum amount of fuss. He is still going strong but he could be the greatest manager ever.”

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