Later in the podcast, Robin mentioned that Ferguson’s treatment of Brazilian midfielder Anderson was a good example of his astute brand of man-management.
“Fergie’s main thing was to keep everyone happy. Ferguson kept Ando happy, as well!” said van Persie.
“Ando, sometimes, can be in his own world. He’s like a free bird, you know what I mean? He wants to be free, he wants to dance, he wants to sing, he wants to do this, he wants to do that… which is fine. But Fergie accepted that, and he let him be himself. He let him free sometimes. He let him make maybe sometimes a little bit of bad joke, whatever. It’s fine. Fergie accepted everyone for the person he was, and made sure everyone was on the same page, but mainly [that] everyone was happy.”