Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley expected "banter" from Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson watches the Gentlemen's Singles quarter-final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Fernando Verdasco of Spain on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 3, 2013
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Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says that he knew Sir Alex Ferguson was the right man to deliver a speech to his players because of his "banter".

Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson's 'good banter' got his players laughing during yesterday's speech.

The former Manchester United manager delivered a team talk to the European group in Scotland last night before the start of their showdown against the USA later this week.

When explaining why he recruited Ferguson, McGinley said: "I wanted him in there because I knew the banter would be good.

"He connected with the caddies and their sense of humour. I was upstairs but I could hear the laughter. He had some very powerful messages and was relating them to football."

The tournament, which was won by Europe in Medinah in 2012, will get underway at Gleneagles on Friday.

Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson acknowledges fans at the end of the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United on May 19, 2013
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