Denis Irwin praises "fantastic" Sir Alex Ferguson

Denis Irwin playing for Manchester United
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Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin says that it was "fantastic" to work under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin believes that Sir Alex Ferguson's ability to "group together" his squad was one of the Scot's main strengths.

The former left-back, who was speaking to the club's official television channel, has also claimed that "it was fantastic" to work under Ferguson, who announced his retirement on Wednesday.

"It was a bit of a bubble, you had to group together as a team and the team spirit there has been absolutely fantastic. Even more so today when you have the squad size you have and to keep them all happy as he does is fantastic. It was fantastic to work under him," he told MUTV.

Irwin made more than 350 appearances for the club.

Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy in 1993
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