Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has shared one of his greatest secrets from his 26-year spell at Old Trafford after admitting that he never looked at his watch whilst attempting to influence officials to add more stoppage time at the end of matches.
The infamous timekeeping tactic - which was eventually labelled 'Fergie time' - was nothing more than a ploy by the former Red Devils boss to get in the heads of opponents, and something that was utilised to devastating affect, given his side's tendency to grab so many late goals in the closing stages of games during his tenure.
Asked specifically about the devious strategy that helped Ferguson control proceedings from the touchline, the 72-year-old Scot said it was "just a little trick" that ultimately gave Manchester United a mental advantage, particularly in crunch clashes when there was more than usual riding on the result.
The method not only helped instil a strong sense of self-belief in his players, but also used to get in the head of other teams, who began to fear Manchester United because of it.
"Definitely," reflected Ferguson. "That's why I used to do my watch. I never looked at my watch. Honestly, I didn't know how many minutes but it gets across to the opponents and then the referee. It was just a little trick."
The Manchester United great was speaking about his illustrious spell in charge of the Premier League giants during a BT Sport interview on the Clare Balding show, which is due to be aired over the festive period on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
You can watch a brief clip of the one-on-one interview with Sir Alex Ferguson in the video below - and have your say on whether you think 'Fergie time' gave Manchester United an unfair advantage and should've been allowed in the comment box provided!
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