Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a series of revelation in his new book titled leading. The book was published on Tuesday talks about his leadership skills and time at old Trafford which saw him lift a lot of silver wares. He left the club in 2013 and was replaced by fellow scot David Moyes, although he has now revealed that Moyes wasn’t his first choice and that he was picked because all the world class managers were unavailable at the time. He also mentioned that he spoke with Guardiola after the Spaniard quit Barcelona and told him to left him know before accepting any other job but that didn’t go according to plan as Guardiola accepted the coaching role at Bayern later that year.
Sir Alex also mentioned that he has only coached four players who he regards as being world class. First off, is Eric Cantona who he described as a catalyst upon his arrival to united, scoring goals that led the team to being crowned league champions that year. Next up were Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs who he regarded a lot for their consistency and longevity. According to him, no other player has performed so well for a long time like the two. Last on the list was Cristiano Ronaldo, who he also described as simply brilliant. He said that Ronaldo’s ego has helped him achieved all he ever wanted.
He also talked about how he went on to become the highest paid coach after he signed a new deal with united in 2010. According to Sir Alex, he was called by the club’s owners and asked about how he felt about Wayne Rooney’s new deal which would see him earn double his previous salary and the manager responded by saying he does not think any player should earn more than he is earning. That was it, simple as that and the deal was agreed.