Charlton pays tribute to 'sensational' Ferguson

Sir Bobby Charlton
Charlton was one of the United directors who appointed Ferguson. Photo: PA

Sir Bobby Charlton paid tribute to the "fantastic" and "sensational" Sir Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement from the game today.

Ferguson will step down from his role as Manchester United manager at the end of this season, the Barclays Premier League champions announced today.

Charlton was one of the United directors who appointed Ferguson in 1987.

The Red Devils boss has since gone on to win 13 Barclays Premier League titles - a feat that Charlton was quick to praise today.

"He is such a fantastic manager. Everything he has done has been fantastic," said Charlton at the launch for the Royal Mail's Football Heroes Special Stamps.

"He is a sensational person in every form and I am really delighted for him.

"I am a director but I hardly do anything because we are winning all the time and it is all down to Sir Alex Ferguson.

"He would get up in the middle of the night and travel 300 miles if he thought there was a school boy that he could sign.

"He loves the game and we at the club have had nothing to do really."

The former United striker thinks there were several reasons behind the 71-year-old's decision to call time on his career.

"He has made his decision on various grounds like (because of) his family and because of the hip operation he will have this summer."