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Giggs: Sir Alex success down to handling big Man Utd personalities

Wales coach Ryan Giggs has spoken how former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would handle big name players.

Giggs says Ferguson could always manage the team's big personalities.

He said, “It was one of his strengths, handing players and handling different personalities, characters.

“Whether to have a go at a player or whether to put an arm around a player. There were 3 or 4 players that he never had a go at. Cantona was one – Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“They were all in their own ways match winners. They did the stuff on the pitch, so he never felt [like he had to]. Eric, there were some games where Eric didn't do anything. He didn't score, he wasn't running about like a Tevez or a Wayne Rooney, he didn't have any impact. But he knew sooner or later he would come good. We would be sat in the dressing room thinking he's got to have a go at him, he's got to have a pop at him because he didn't do anything today.

“But the next week he'd score the winner or he would produce a moment of magic so he handled the big names really well as long as they were doing it on the pitch, he handled them in a different way.

“He was a master of psychology, he was a master at getting the best out of certain individuals like whether to put an arm around, or whether to give them a rocket at half time or at the end of the game or leave them out knowing that the player would react in a positive way."

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