McClair discusses ‘lucky b*stard’ Ferguson’s biggest strength’s

Date published: Thursday 1st March 2018 2:02

Brian McClair has given an insight into why Sir Alex Ferguson was so successful as Manchester United manager.

Ferguson made McClair one of his first signings when he took over at United in November 1986, with the Scottish duo working together for 11 years at Old Trafford.

After retirement, the former Celtic striker went on to become a coach at United before accepting the academy director’s role in 2006.

Having seen the former Red Devils boss closer up than most, McClair offered his thoughts to The Telegraph on what made Ferguson so successful.

“He never swayed from what he was trying to do, he just needed the time to do it,” said McClair. “And he was given the time.

“A main part of his strength was, without question, he made decisions. Weekly when he was picking the team and he made decisions about all sorts of stuff, players staying and players going, and the huge majority he got right.

“And the other thing about him: he’s a lucky b*astard. His brother-in-law told me if he fell into the Clyde he’d come out with a salmon in either pocket.

“I think that he signed players who he thought were lucky. I’ve never asked him. But just look at me. Every club I was at they won something. Villa won the league, Motherwell won the first division, Celtic won the league and the cup. And United won a couple when I was there.

“How do you define it? Who knows?”

McClair also shared his thoughts on United’s current first-teamers who came through the ranks under his watch. 

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