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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"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.