Sir Alex Ferguson’s classy gesture to former Manchester United star after taking on managerial role

Sir Alex Ferguson’s impact on Manchester United is simply immeasurable, and even after his retirement he still plays a huge role in the careers of his former players.

The legendary manager oversaw a period of unprecedented success at Old Trafford as United dominated the Premier League under his watch. By the time Ferguson retired in 2013, he had amassed an astonishing 13 league titles.

The Scot also helped launch the careers of some of football’s biggest names, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and the Class of 1992, all of which flourished under his watch. But even beyond their playing days, Ferguson continued to impact their careers.

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Former United midfielder Quinton Fortune played under Ferguson at United. Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes as they launched their Brighton 5-a-side bet against Man United, Fortune revealed the classy gesture he received from his former manager when he took over coaching at Reading in 2020.

“The boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] just has this unparalleled awareness of knowing what to say at the right time,” Fortune said. “He’s an incredible man. There’s nothing else I can say to describe him; he’s just an incredible man.

“I still get calls from him even to this day; When I joined Reading as a manager I don’t know how he found out as quickly as he did, but he called me out of the blue. I was just like ‘how does the boss know what I’m doing? Who told him?!’

“He just called me to give me advice before I stepped into the role. He makes you feel 20 times bigger, and that conversation gave me so much confidence to step into my new role.

“He didn’t have to, but that’s just one of many examples of that awareness he has of his former players. Think about it, there are so many players that he coached, I’m sure he does the same with them too. I consider myself very lucky to say that the boss took the time to call me and give me advice on coaching. It was really incredible.

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