Wayne Rooney is grateful for the impact Sir Alex Ferguson had on his career.
The Ex Manchester United manager retired at the end of the 2012/13 season after a 27year spell at the club.
The Scot bought Rooney from Everton for £27m back in 2004 and the England international has scored 218 goals in 446 appearances for the Red Devils.
The Manchester United captain told MUTV: "At the time, I came into the squad as a young lad and there were a few other young lads. He brought all that together and made us world club champions."
"I'm very grateful for everything he's done. It was a great feeling.
"Sir Alex is the best manager there's been and for him to recognise my talent and want me to join this club was a great honour for me.
"He drove me over [to Old Trafford], just the two of us in his car. I remember being nervous but he was great and made me feel comfortable."
"He was vitally important," the England striker said.
"I'm grateful to him for having the faith to bring me in from Everton. I think he's an incredible person and manager, the way you see his desire for the game.
"He certainly helped me a lot and helped us all."
Wayne Rooney is on the brink of being an all-time great for both Manchester United and England.