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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Fergie the high point for Rory

Rory McIlroy is the world's number one golfer, a four-times major winner, multi-millionaire and the focal point of Europe's Ryder Cup team, but he was like a wide-eyed schoolboy in the presence of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

The Scot, who led United to 13 Premier League titles and a host of other trophies in his 26 years at Old Trafford, gave the team a pep-talk last night and McIlroy, a United fan, said it was the highlight of his week so far.

"I was just sitting there and looking up at him, and I didn't take my eyes off him," he said. "I was sort of in this trance just listening to everything he was saying and I'm thinking, 'this is all the stuff he's probably said to Manchester United teams over the years'.

"He told us a couple of stories just of past experiences in some big games and big matches and some of the players that he managed and it was a great evening."

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