Ferguson was speaking with the Big Issue.
"I've always been blessed with a good memory, but Patrice Evra? There's a man with a brain. He could speak five languages and was a great help in the dressing room. Lovely guy. His father was a diplomat. It showed.
"Even better: See Diego Forlan? When he was with us he was also a great linguist and could speak about five languages fluently.
"Earlier this year, when he signed for Osaka, I was told that he prepared about a week in advance and then gave a five-minute interview to the media in Japanese! Now that's impressive."
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