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SIR ALEX FERGUSON insists he used gut feeling to decide if players like Cristiano Ronaldo would be the right type for Manchester United.

The legendary ex-Red Devils chief has worked with hundreds of aces during his Old Trafford reign including the Portugal skipper and Robin van Persie.

Sir Alex Ferguson says it was instinct that influenced his decision to sign players for United

Sir Alex Ferguson says it was instinct that influenced his decision to sign players for United

Die Skot, who once managed St Mirren and Aberdeen, made some clever moves that led to United acquiring some of the world’s most talented footballers.

His most memorable buys, during his 27 years in charge, include a £1.2million swoop that saw Eric Cantona leave Leeds for Man United.

The former Old Trafford chief also gave Cristiano Ronaldo his first big break in the Prem in 2003 when he bought the then 18-year-old from Sporting Lisbon for £12million.

And he played an instrumental role in the Portugal superstar’s dramatic United return with the forward moving back to the team he left for Real Madrid in 2009.

Ferguson was also the architect behind the development of the famous ‘Class of 92players who went on to become heroes at the club who play Wolves next.

These stars included Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt.

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When questioned on what influenced his decision for player selection, Ferguson insists that he relied on his instincts.

The former Red Devils boss told United’s web site: “I believe in instinct.

I had a good instinct about players and I had a good instinct about watching players who I maybe wanted to buy.

I knew that, looking at certain players, I could see traits that told me they were Manchester United players, or Aberdeen players, or St Mirren players.

I could see that in certain players I watched. Instinct was really important. Also on instinct, sometimes it’s picking the team.

We’re playing certain teams and I’d have an instinct: ‘right, I’m not going to play certain players. I’ll play other players.’

I wouldn’t say it’s intuition, I’d say it’s instinct.”

Verenigde, who are currently sixth, have been boost by the return of Ronaldo, 36, following their stunning £113million swoops for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

The player, who was one of Ferguson’s most prolific United forward’s netting 118 registering 118 doelwitte en 69 help met 292 Red Devils appearances.

Egter, Ferguson admits that not all the players he signed were technically gifted footballers like Ronaldo.

And he reckons determination in some of his less talented players was important to him.

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The former United chief added: “Some players I had were absolute natural footballers, with natural talent.

But there were other players who shared my determination, who maybe weren’t the best players.

But they made themselves the best players, because they had something inside them too.


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