Date: 27th June 2011 at 4:42pm
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Slowly but surely, over the past couple of years, Sir Alex Ferguson has started to overhaul the United squad.

Last season saw Gary Neville and Paul Scholes hang up their boots and Ryan Giggs is probably entering his final season. But whilst those players mentioned have served United for all their careers, others have been shipped out most notably Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.

In an interview given to the League Managers Association, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the process whereby the realisation that a player has served his purpose hits home, commenting,

“You can`t get sentimental in this job. I love the players I`ve had. I`ve been very, very fortunate to have had great players. And I`ve been very fortunate to have had players come through with me for a long, long time.”

“At United, Giggs, Neville and Scholes. Even Phil (Neville) and Nicky Butt, guys who were the spirit of the club. They have remained part of what I see is Manchester United.”

“And all the players I`ve had here have played a part in that.”

“But when I see something happening I have to act. In the case of Nicky Butt and Phil Neville I had to release them because I was getting to the stage where I was terrified of talking to them. Telling them they were not playing a game.”

“And it wasn`t fair to them. They were good players. Players that played a big part in the resurrection of Manchester United, no doubt about that.”

“So when the time came for me to let them go, I knew it was cutting strings. Loyal strings. And I didn`t enjoy it.”


But we`d say that it was a decision that was proven to be right!



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