Sir Alex praises Rory McIlroy

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy.

In an interview with the BBC Ferguson revealed he was involved with the European Ryder Cup team ahead of their victory earlier in 2014.

McIlroy, only 25-years-old, is ranked number one in the world after adding two majors to his tally this year. 

Ferguson said: "There are geniuses in life and Rory produces shots that he shouldn't try. 

"He's got the ability to do it and sometimes they don't come off but his imagination is such that he can do these shots.

"And when they come off you say to yourself 'How did he do that?' and he's got that in his locker. He's an exceptional, exceptional player. He's without doubt, I think, the most gifted golfer that I've seen. 

"And he's got the personality too. And he's a United fan as well – that helps."

Ferguson revealed he helped European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley develop a strategy for the tournament.

He said: "When Paul came to see me over a year ago, his detail and the plan he'd mapped out was fantastic, it was brilliant. I was delighted and honoured they asked me to participate in it. And we kept it quiet, we really did. Until maybe a few days before but this had been going on for a year. And we made sure it was going to be right."