Alex Ferguson says he got Man United stars to use family history as inspiration in new documentary

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he used to use family pride to inspire his Manchester United players in a new documentary on his Old Trafford reign

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals he got players to tell him about their family history before using it to inspire them to perform at Manchester United as he reflects on his trophy-laden Old Trafford reign in new documentary

  • Sir Alex Ferguson used Man United players’ family history to inspire them  
  • A new documentary on the legendary manager will be in cinemas in May  
  • The Scot talks about his belief in the importance of people’s upbringings 

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he used family pride to inspire his Manchester United players in a new documentary on the legendary manager’s reign at Old Trafford. 

A trailer for the documentary, Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, sees the Scot, talk about the importance of upbringing and identity.

Ferguson says he used themes that would have an impact on his stars and recalls talking about miners and shipyard workers, as well as asking players what their grandparents did for a living. 

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he used to use family pride to inspire his Manchester United players in a new documentary on his Old Trafford reign

Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In will be in cinemas from May 27 and available on Amazon Prime from May 29

Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In will be in cinemas from May 27 and available on Amazon Prime from May 29

‘I used to lie in bed thinking about themes where I could address the players that would make an impact on them,’ Ferguson says in a clip from the film.

‘I would talk about miners, shipyard workers, welders, toolmakers, people who’ve come from poor backgrounds. And I used to ask them, what did your grandfather do? What did your father do? 

‘But I have to get the feeling inside them that what their grandfathers worked for and their grandmotheres is part of them. And they have to display that meaning. 

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he used to use family pride to inspire his Manchester United players in a new documentary on his Old Trafford reign

The manager would tell his players about the importance of upbringing and identity

The manager would tell his players about the importance of upbringing and identity

‘Taking away all the trophies I’ve won and the great players I’ve had, I think it’s a thing about life. It’s a fact of life that where we come from is important. You come out with an identity. I come from Govan, I’m a Govan boy.’  

Produced by BAFTA Award-winner Andrew Macdonald and BAFTA Award-nominee Allon Reich, the film is a DNA and Passion Pictures production in association with Ventureland. 

The 79-year-old won 49 trohpies during his managerial career, 38 of which came during his 27-year spell as United boss. 

Speaking after seeing the final edit of the film, Ferguson said: ‘It was a powerful moment seeing the final cut of the film. There were times which nearly brought me to tears, it was incredibly emotional.’ 

Football fans will be able to watch the documentary in UK cinemas from May 27 and will be available on Amazon Prime in the UK and Ireland from May 29.

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