Alex Ferguson plays down own role at Ryder Cup

Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson on Sunday played down his contribution to Europe`s success after watching the big win over the United States.

AFP| Updated: Sep 28, 2014, 23:31 PM IST
Alex Ferguson plays down own role at Ryder Cup

Gleneagles, Scotland: Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson on Sunday played down his contribution to Europe`s success after watching the big win over the United States.

The retired manager and Scottish national was called in by Europe captain Paul McGinley to give a pep talk in the build up to the event at Gleneagles.

And he was prominent on the first tee Sunday as the players arrived to take part in the closing 12 singles matches.

"Just general chat with them all," Ferguson said of his intervention. "I think I got more out of it than they did. I thought it was fantastic to be in their company."

McGinley said that Ferguson had brought some helpful words and thoughts to his 12 players especially from the Old Trafford viewpoint of a strong team, starting out as favourites on home turf.

Top European player Rory McIlroy, a big Manchester United fan, said he had been in a "trance" listening to Ferguson speak.

Ferguson retired as Manchester United coach in 2013 after a 26-year career that brought the club 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League crowns and two Champions League titles.

It had been a compelling day of play, he said, leading up to a 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 win for Europe.

"I`ve been excited all day, put it that way. Standing on the first tee for every start was an unbelievable atmosphere," Ferguson said.

"The fans, it was spectacular, and they were great to the US team. It was really, really fantastic camaraderie between both teams, very special."