Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson puts his success down to 'risk taking'.

So often did United score in the latter stages of matches during Fergie's reign it was almost a surprise when they did not manage it.

"I am a gambler - a risk taker - and you can see that in how we played in the late stages of matches," said Ferguson, who it has been announced is to receive the honorary freedom of Trafford borough.

"If we were down with 15 minutes to go, I was ready to take more risks.

"I was perfectly happy to lose 3-1 if it meant we'd given ourselves a good chance to draw or win.

"So in those last 15 minutes, we'd go for it. We'd put in an extra attacking player and worry less about defence.

"We knew that if we ended up winning 3-2, it would be a fantastic feeling.

"And if we lost 3-1, we'd been losing anyway."

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