Sir Alex Ferguson: 'Winning trophies key to success'

Ferguson: 'Winning trophies key to success'
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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that he had to learn to embrace the expectation that comes with being in charge of the club.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he had to learn to accept the level of expectation heaped on him at the club.

Ferguson joined United in 1986 with the club not having won a league title since 1967, but almost 27 years later he left Old Trafford with 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League titles to his name.

New manager David Moyes has made a slow start to life as Ferguson's successor, but the 71-year-old Scot hinted that his compatriot needs to embrace the expectation on his shoulders.

"The thing about coming to a club like United is you can never get away from the expectation and I learned about that quickly," Ferguson said at a question and answer session in Manchester.

"I spent a lot of stupid time looking at history, getting out early results from the 10 previous seasons and it was doing me no good, I was getting nowhere with that.

"I learned you had to look at your own situation. Winning a trophy at any time is important at this club."

Ferguson recently released his autobiography in which he was critical of a number of former players including Roy Keane, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

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