David Cameron praises "exceptional" Sir Alex Ferguson

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David Cameron pays tribute to retiring Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed the achievements of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as "exceptional".

It was revealed that the Scot will step down from his role as manager of the Red Devils at the end of the current campaign.

Having won 49 trophies during his 27-year tenure at Old Trafford, Cameron even joked that he hopes Ferguson's departure would "make life a little easier" for his team Aston Villa.

"Sir Alex Ferguson's achievement at #MUFC has been exceptional. Hopefully his retirement will make life a little easier for my team #AVFC," the PM wrote on Twitter.

You can follow live reaction to Ferguson's retirement here.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson prior to kick-off against West Ham on April 17, 2013
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