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David Beckham reveals the secret behind Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson's success

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 16/05/2019 Dominic Booth
David Beckham holding his hand up: David Beckham speaking to Otro © Otro David Beckham speaking to Otro

Manchester United legend David Beckham has revealed the secret to Sir Alex Ferguson's sustained success as manager was his ability to change.

The former England captain won six Premier League titles under Ferguson before leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2003.

And in an interview with Orto , Beckham spoke effusively about the Scot, who was the last United manager to win the league — upon his retirement in 2013.

Beckham said: "There was one thing the boss was always good at — it's why he was so good, why he's the most decorated manager in football, why he was as successful as he was — was because he was always able to change.

"He would always go out and buy a great new player the next year, or two great new players — even after winning the treble, or the double, or winning the league.

David Beckham in a military uniform standing in front of a building: David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson © 2009 Manchester United David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson

"He knew you had to keep on improving. When it was time for me, Scholsey, Butty, Giggsy, Gary and Phil to come into the team, he sells Andrei Kanchelskis, Mark Hughes and Paul Ince — three of the best players in Man United history.

"We were all shocked but then that showed the faith he had in us as young players.

"But also when it was time for me to move on, it didn't matter. He was ruthless in that way but that's what makes him great, what makes him successful."

20 Years On: Premier League' is available from 16th May, with further episodes to celebrate Manchester United's Treble winning season released until 24th May. Watch the episodes at  otro.com/beckham

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