Manchester United chief Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the Republic of Ireland made a mistake in appointing Stephen Staunton, but have more than made up for that error by hiring the experienced Giovanni Trapattoni.

Ferguson is a friend of the former Italy, Juventus and Bayern Munich boss, and believes that he still has the "The first thing to say about him is that he loves the game. He is passionate," he told Manchester United's official programme United Review.

"He's also got great experience, of course, whereas I think that Staunton was too young.

"I have said it time and time again, managing a country is a job is for an experienced person. Trapattoni has that, and I think that he will do all right."