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Robson & Law pay homage to Ferguson

Created on 08 May., 2013 10:30 PM GMT

Manchester United legends Bryan Robson and Denis Law have paid tribute to Alex Ferguson following the news of his imminent retirement.

The 71-year-old is set to step down from his role at Old Trafford at the end of the season having overseen 27 years of unrivalled success in English football. And Robson, who worked under Ferguson for nine of his 13 trophy-laden  seasons at the club, had kind words for the Scot.

"He's probably the best club manager there's ever been," he said.

"When you look at the success he had with he had with Aberdeen even before he came down to Manchester United and then the success he had at Manchester United. 

"It's unbelievable to change around probably four different squads to have the success he's had and to rebuild a team like that is real good management."

The former West Brom boss went on to claim that United are likely to have already identified Ferguson's successor.

"I didn't even know the boss was going to retire (but) Manchester United will have been planning for this so they'll have people on the shortlist who they'll think will be effective in the role," he continued.

"And I'm sure Sir Alex has had a say but whatever manager does go in it's going to be some job he's got."

Law rose to prominence as a prolific striker at Old Trafford between 1962 and 1973 - long before the arrival of Ferguson from Aberdeen. But the 73-year-old, who also played for United's local rivals Manchester City, has no doubts about his fellow Scot's impact.

"(It was a) big shock for me," he said. "The best to ask (why) would be Alex himself but I was shocked because I said only a couple of weeks ago that when he's 90 he'll call it a day.

"He will probably turn out to be one of the greatest managers that the game has ever seen, if not the greatest because he's achieved so much at Manchester United. 

"At the beginning at United there was a problem, he might have been given the sack but then they went on to win the FA Cup and from then on it was success all the way."

Law also opined that Ferguson will be a hard act to follow, but backed strongly linked Everton boss David Moyes as a potential candidate.

"It was the same when Sir Matt Busby retired and everyone said 'Who'll take over from Sir Matt now?' and a few managers came in [before] Alex came from Aberdeen," he added.

"He had tremendous success, broke up the Rangers-Celtic monopoly and you knew there was something good there.

"I've met [Moyes] a few times and he seems a really good guy and has done a marvellous job at Everton. If he was appointed it wouldn't be surprised."

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