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Ex-Man Utd fullback Neville: Ferguson made you feel special

Former Manchester United and Everton ace Phil Neville has spoken of his time with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Neville discussed Ferguson on the BBC during yesterday's lunch break between England and India.

"He was the best manager in terms of making you feel special," Neville said. "Gary sometimes needed that kick up the backside, sometimes needed bringing back down to earth.

"With me, it was more of a wink or a tap on the shoulder. I never got the hairdryer - well, maybe once.

"He would only give you the hairdryer if there was a problem with your attitude. If you played badly, he would put his arm around you.

"He had an unbelievable quality of knowing, at just the right time, when to talk to you.

"He was the type of manager that when you went in for a new contract and asked for £150 more in wages, you would come out having signed the same contract and thanking him for it."

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