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Rio Ferdinand reveals how Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson would watch training sessions from the sidelines while 'speaking to his bookie about which horse he's backing'

Rio Ferdinand has told the story of how Sir Alex Ferguson would be speaking to his bookie during Manchester United training sessions about which horse he was going to back.

Ferguson is one of the greatest managers in the history of the game and won 38 trophies during his 26 years at the helm at Old Trafford.

The legendary manager rarely took control of training sessions, leaving it to his coaches including Carlos Queiroz and Rene Meulensteen.

Rio Ferdinand revealed Sir Alex Ferguson would 'speak to his bookies' during training sessions
Ferdinand played under Sir Alex during one of the club's best periods in their history

And Ferdinand said on his 'Rio Ferdinand Presents Five' podcast: 'Fergie never took sessions.