Platini hails 'indelible imprint' left by Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson

The former European Footballer of the Year praises the impact made by the legendary manager on the Champions League and hopes that the Scot will work ambassadorially with Uefa
Michel Platini has praised Sir Alex Ferguson's impact on the Champions League and hinted at a possible future role within Uefa for the Scot.

The Frenchman - writing his end-of-season message as part of the organisation's 2012-13 review - labelled the 71-year-old as one of football's "great servants".

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Sir Alex - who won the competition twice with Manchester United in 1999 and 2008 - retired at the end of last season after 27 years in charge at Old Trafford but, as he does with the club, so Platini hopes that the legendary manager can be persuaded to take on an ambassadorial role.

"The 2012-13 season will also be remembered as the year one of the game's great servants called time on his career," the former European Footballer of the Year wrote.

"Twice a winner of this competition as manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has left an indelible imprint on the Champions League.

"It is strange to think that a coach who has featured so prominently across the European football landscape over three decades will not be seen issuing his instructions on the touchline next term but we hope he will continue to play a role with us behind the scenes, helping shape the direction of the sport and safeguarding its future.

"We wish him well in his well-earned retirement."