Fergie said: "Both of them were great. They were terrific and they're an example to the young boys.
"Ryan, Paul and Gary Neville are talking to the young players all the time. They know exactly what it's like to be here for a long time and they give them advice - that's going to be vital for the rest of their careers.
"Apart from being fantastic footballers, they're role models and examples to anyone who wants to do well in the game.''