Duncan Ferguson gave Sir Alex Ferguson cakes but he ‘preferred the red wine’

Duncan Ferguson recently paid a visit to legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, giving him some cakes and a case of red wine.

The Everton legend's trip to see the veteran Scot wasn't merely a social visit, though. He popped by to pick Ferguson's brains about the intricacies of football management as he looks for his next opportunity in the game after leaving Goodison Park.

Big Dunc had served on the backroom staff under a succession of managers at Everton but left in the summer to pursue managerial ambitions. The 50-year-old remains without a club at present but appeared on BT Sport's coverage of Saturday's Merseyside Derby when he discussed what he has been up to since exiting the club.

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Ferguson revealed that he had visited Sir Alex to learn from him, and he even found out what the 80-year-old prefers between wine and cakes.

"I wanted to meet him, big man, on a one-to-one basis and I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could," Ferguson said on BT Sport.

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"It was a fantastic experience, spent three hours with him in Wilmslow, he’s such a wonderful man, I learnt so much. He’s a Scot as well, we got on well, we spoke for a long time. I really learned a lot from him, great man, he must’ve been a great man to work under. I took a case of red wine, he was quite surprised, I took some cakes as well. Think he preferred the red wine."

The veteran Ferguson also advised Big Dunc to be himself as he attempts to land a managerial job for the first time. He told The Times: "What a man. I have never really had the chance to sit down with him before and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

"Humbling. He was just phenomenal. We spoke and spoke and spoke. Maybe we got along because we have the same name and the same tartan. At the end, he said it was my time. He said, 'Be you,' and that he would support me."

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