Premier League - United patience rewarded - Fergie

Retiring Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lashed out at the hire-and-fire culture of the club's Barclays Premier League rivals.

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While Ferguson has been in charge at Old Trafford for over 26 years, he has watched as a huge number of adversaries have come and go.

Just this week Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini - a year to the day since he beat Ferguson to the title - while Chelsea will be looking for yet another manager this summer.

Ferguson, speaking from the stage at the Red Devils' end-of-season awards ceremony, left the gathering in no doubt about his views on the short-termism that has crept into the English game.

"It's an unusual club Manchester United, it really is," he said on MUTV.

"If you look at the behaviour of some clubs sacking managers left, right and centre... and I'm not naming any one club - it's the whole bloody lot of them.

"We as a club have patience, show trust, show loyalty and it's rewarded."

Ferguson also believes loyalty works its way down to the playing staff, so many of whom have enjoyed lengthy careers under the Scot.

"There's no club in the world who can keep players the length of time we've kept the likes of Giggsy, Scholesy, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville. For years and years," he said.

"In my time there's been, I think, 10 testimonials. No club can do that."

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