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Sir Alex Ferguson's Unreal Team Talk Recalled By Rio Ferdinand

Sir Alex Ferguson's Unreal Team Talk Recalled By Rio Ferdinand

One of Sir Alex Ferguson's best team talks has been recalled by Rio Ferdinand.

The legendary Manchester United manager was an absolute master in motivating his players and was not afraid to think outside of the box.

One example was when the Chilean miners that were trapped underground for 69 days paid a visit to United's training ground in 2010.

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While the squad of 22 were on the bikes on a Friday before a game, 'Fergie' used their inspirational story to psych his players up for the game on Saturday.

He talked about the unity and commitment displayed by the miners and did not need to do a proper team talk pre-match a day later because it had all been covered.

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Mike Phelan, Ferguson's assistant who is now back on the coaching staff under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has shared footage of United legend Ferdinand recalling the team talk.

It's yet another example of the special kind of leader Ferguson was and the way in which he was able to drive his players to success.

In 2017, Ferdinand shared rare footage of the Scotsman giving a team talk at Michael Carrick's testimonial after he returned to the dug-out.

It includes him ripping into his former players, with Ferdinand himself one of the primary victims of the great banter dished out by Sir Alex.

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There's also a little cheeky dig at United captain Wayne Rooney, which prompted plenty of laughter amongst the United squad.

The former Aberdeen boss also made a point of complimenting his players on how they've turned out as people as well as players, with several former players enjoying success in different fields - Gary Neville in his punditry and entrepreneurial exploits in and around Manchester, Paul Scholes and Ferdinand as pundits, and Edwin Van der Saar as CEO at Ajax to name a few.

Topics: Mike Phelan, Football News, Football, Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand

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