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Ferguson: Great honour to work with Man Utd players

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson takes charge of his 1,000th game today at Southampton.

He has handled some of the most iconic footballers - Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Peter Schmeichel, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs - and established United among the most commercially successful sporting products in the world.

"There have been so many wonderful players at the club and it has been a pleasure and an honour working with them," he said.

"There's nothing I like better than to pull my car into the training ground of a morning and look forward to another few hours working with them and my staff.

"There's an awful lot of trepidation about the job. Being manager of Manchester United carries a tremendous responsibility but hopefully I have been, and will continue to be, able to handle it.

"Any manager would be thankful to remember one great squad; I've had five or six."

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