Ryan Giggs reveals what Sir Alex Ferguson absolutely never did in Man Utd training
Ryan Giggs never saw Sir Alex Ferguson lead a training session at Manchester United, leaving that job up to the array of coaches he worked with during his time at Old Trafford.
Giggs played under Ferguson from his debut in 1990 until the Scot's retirement in 2013, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and four FA Cups together.
Sir Alex was renowned for running multiple areas of the club, but that involved a serious amount of delegation, and he was happy for his coaches to run training sessions at Carrington.
The Scot was so confident in his coaching staff that, while he would be at training, Giggs never once saw Fergie lead a session in their 23 years working together.
'He set the tone, he would give the coaches the instructions what we need to work on this week, but not once did he take a session, it was all down to the coaches,' Giggs told BeIN Sports' The Champions Club.
'He would take the meeting a lot of the time on the opposition, but actually Steve McClaren, Bryan Kidd, Renee Meulensteen, Carlos Queiroz, Mike Phelan, they would be the ones who were implementing them tactics on the training ground.
'They would set up the training sessions to implement what we want to do on that Saturday and the manager would just oversee it.
'He was more or less running the club, so rather than just an hour's training, he would be there every time, but it would be the coaches implementing it.'
Meulensteen, who was first team coach at United from 2007-13, confirms that Ferguson told him what he wanted to achieve from training, but it was up to the coach to do that.
'When Ferguson called me in, he promoted me to first-team coach, he had his flip-charts about how to defend and how to keep possession,' said the Dutchman. 'But his main thing was his attacking style and he had four words he used about it: speed, power, penetration and unpredictability.
'I had to instil those four things in the team all the time. That unpredictability was key.'