Chicharito reveals how Manchester United players reacted to Ferguson’s retirement


West Ham striker, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, has revealed how the Manchester United squad reacted to the news of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Ferguson stepped down in 2013 after 26 years in charge, during which he won 38 trophies.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson

The Mexican, who is set to return to Old Trafford on Sunday with his new club, recalls how he and his teammates were stunned by the Scot’s decision.

“I didn’t see it coming. Nobody did. It was very strange. We were shocked. It was his life.

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“He was the manager who brought me here and opened the door to Europe. He gave me a lot of opportunities to live the dream.

“We all knew there was going to be a transition (at United). You cannot have a manager for 26 years – the best manager in history, achieving everything, changing the squad every couple of years, changing players, even all the staff sometimes – there was always going to be a transition.

“The change of Sir Alex retiring, we knew it was going to be very difficult. He was unique in the history of football,” he said.

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