Manchester United News: Aberdeen finally facilitated Sir Alex for his contributions to the club. The legendary manager unveiled his long-awaited Aberdeen statue on Friday afternoon. The Scotsman won 11 trophies during his eight-year spell at the club and remains its most successful manager.
The former Manchester United manager won three Scottish Premiership titles with the club. He won the titles at a time when the Scottish league was all about Glasgow giants, Rangers, and Celtic.
Sir Alex shocked the entire world when his team defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in the Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1983. The competition was one of Europe’s biggest competitions at the time.
He didn’t stop there and went on to beat European champions Hamburg 2-0 to win the UEFA Super Cup later that year. During his own unveiling of the statue, hundreds of supporters attended Pittodrie on Friday afternoon.
Apart from the hundreds of fans, several players from his time at Aberdeen also joined the ceremony. The likes of Neil Simpson, Gordan Strachan, and Willie Miller were all there.
Neil Simpson tweeted: “It’s an honour to pay tribute to the boss. As Sir Alex said, ‘In life, some people want to go to the moon on holiday, others the local park, my players wanted to go to the moon.'”
Talking to Aberdeen’s official website, he said: “It was my honour to play under him as well as be his assistant. It was amazing to see how he functioned as a manager.”
“His coaching ability was phenomenal. As a player, it was incredible to see his drive, his enthusiasm, and his incredible desire to succeed. He could be unorthodox at times in his management style,”
“He never missed a training session. He was always helping the players with his insights. The focus was brilliant on his part as a manager, and he was always clear on what he wanted.
“His best quality was that he always knew how to get the very best out of players. His legendary ‘hairdryer’ certainly worked for many. But it was not all about the treatment, he knew what different players needed to perform.
On being Ferguson’s assistant, Miller said: “It was a challenge to work as his assistant. He used to work long hours and expected the same from his staff. I used to love it.”
“When I was a player under him, it was different. As a player, we had to come at a certain time, train at a specific place. After training, we had a shower and went home.
“When I became a member of his coaching team, I was in much earlier to the ground. The coaching team had to write down every day about the sessions and the goals to be achieved. It used to be seen by Sir Alex, and without fail, he would tweak it.”
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