'Sir Alex is an even bigger freak than Giggs!' - Strachan lauds 'once in a generation' Manchester United boss

The current Scotland boss praised the Red Devils manager and lauded his enduring work ethic after he clinched the 13th Premier League title of his Old Trafford reign

By Craig Turnbull at Hampden Park

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has labelled Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as a "once in a generation" manager after guiding the club to a 13th Premier League title.

Monday night's 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford confirmed United as champions with Strachan hinting that Ferguson's infamous mind-games are what set him head and shoulders apart from Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and others in the title race.

The former Middlesbrough and Celtic manager also touched upon the 71-year-old's unrelenting desire to succeed, which he believes is a unique trait shared only by the evergreen Ryan Giggs.

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"Well I think he described Ryan [Giggs] on the radio last night as a freak, he's in the same boat but he's an even bigger freak because he is so good at his job," Strachan told Goal.com.

"People keep telling me about sport psychologists and all the rest but that man is the best sport psychologist in the world. He has it. You only get these people once in a generation and he's the one."

Ferguson is in his 27th year at Manchester United and Strachan quipped that he believes there is no signs of him stopping any time soon.

Asked how long Sir Alex will go on for, he replied:  "Forever. He'll just get angry with God and defy him as well. It's good news because you are seeing good football."

The Scot also dusted a little perspective on Ferguson's achievements at United by offering a stark insight into the world of football management.

"It's a hard job, it's a lonely job, other coaches, assistant managers, fans and sportwriters think they can all do it but you'll never know what it's like till you're on your own after a defeat, [every] manager has had defeats in their life , had knock-backs but they comeback to deal with it," he added.