Vidic: Fergie an inspiration to us

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić hailed manager Sir Alex Ferguson for being an able motivator to the team and claims the club owes its successes to the wily Scotsman.

Football News: Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Ferguson masterminded Manchester United to yet another remarkable comeback win on Sunday over newly promoted Southampton to end his 1000th Premier League game in charge on a positive note.

It was hardly a comfortable victory for Ferguson and his men, with the Red Devils needing a stoppage time winner from striker Robin Van Persie to secure all three points after going behind to the Saints twice, but it was a fitting tribute to the never-say-die attitude which Ferguson has imbued in his teams over the 25 years he has been in charge of the club.

The 70-year-old manager is regarded as one of the best motivators in the game, a notion which Red Devils captain Vidic fully agrees with.

"He is an inspiration for us. When you look at his 25 years here you see that every year he has that hunger to win games," Vidic told the Sun.

"His positive energy he has sent to us. He has set up that mentality in the dressing room. Not just in games but on the training ground. This is important."

"And if you look over the years, Manchester United have won so many games in the last minute. That's not coincidence.

"This is what the manager is asking from the players. To always go for the win. You are never happy with the draw. You are always going to the end and you never stop."

Contrary to former striker Dimitar Berbatov recent claims that Ferguson mistreated him, Vidic insists that one of the Scottish manager's best trait is his man management skills.

"He is really a person who knows how to deal with people," Vidic added.

"I think this is a very important thing - how to deal with the players and what to expect from individuals.

"You cannot be the same with every player and he knows the way to get the best out of the players. This is the best part, I would say, of him."

Ferguson has taken charge of a total of 1449 games for the Red Devils so far, winning numerous trophies in the process, including 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League titles.

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