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[14] Adam Eckersley, now at St Mirren, remembers when Fergie helped him at United

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    “I only ever saw Sir Alex now and again when I had a chance to train with the first team at Manchester United. But everything you do as a kid at Old Trafford filters back to him. Being around the training ground, he always had little bits to say to you. You’re under the big umbrella at United of all the right and wrong things to do. It’s true Sir Alex helped steer me away from gambling. There was a time when I was in a bit of a state. I was around 19 and had started going to the casino a few times. For the life of me, I still don’t know how he knew I’d been at the casino. But Manchester is a bit of a goldfish bowl so the club found out. I don’t know how. Sir Alex pulled me in and cited the example of Keith Gillespie. He told me how bad gambling had been for him. He basically told me to stay away from it. Once you’ve been in the gaffer’s room at Manchester United and he’s had a go at you then you don’t want to go back. So that was that – it put the fear up me and I never went back there again. I know Ryan Giggs and Lee Sharpe spoke about when they were young at United. You really don’t know how
    the gaffer knows where you are – but he knows. He must have spies everywhere around the city. But he had his finger on the pulse and clearly that’s why he was so successful.”
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