Former Manchester United star Quinton Fortune has admitted he “couldn’t understand” what Sir Alex Ferguson was saying during their first meeting.
South African icon Fortune joined Man United in 1999 from Atletico Madrid for a £1.5million fee. He went on to make 76 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, winning a league title under the legendary manager in the 2002/03 season.
But the former defender has now revealed his first ever meeting with Ferguson left him completely out of his depth, with Fortune having to nod along with the manager because he couldn’t understand his thick Scottish accent.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of their 5-A-Side Bet on Brighton v Man United, Fortune said: “Everyone remembers their first conversation with Sir Alex [Ferguson]. For me, I had trouble understanding what he was saying because of that strong Scottish accent.
“In that first meeting, whatever he said to me I just said yes! I just nodded my head and went along with whatever he was saying because I couldn't understand him.
Sir Alex is widely regarded as the greatest football manager ever, having guided the Red Devils to glory for almost three decades. He won more trophies than any other manager in football history, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, leading Fortune to claim everyday was a “wow moment”.
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He explained: “From that moment, I was only ever focused on working as hard as possible for him, keeping my head down and not getting carried away. As long as you were working hard for your teammates, you were in Sir Alex's good books.
“That's one thing everyone will tell you about him; show him you're working hard and following his standards and he'll reward you with opportunities. I wanted to play and be a part of the team because there were so many great players around the place – I wanted to be a part of it.
“Every day was a 'wow' moment for me, not only because of my team-mates, but because of the manager I was representing.”
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