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11/03/2008 07:56

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to former United striker Teddy Sheringham following his decision to call time on his 26-year career at the end of the season.

The 41-year-old, who is currently plying his trade with Championship side Colchester United, enjoyed a trophy-laden four years with the Reds, scooping three Premier League titles, plus FA Cup, Champions League, Intercontinental Cup and Charity Shield winners’ medals.

He famously came off the bench to, firstly, set the Reds on their way to victory in the FA Cup final in ‘99, before firing an injury-time equaliser in the Champions League final and setting up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the winner.

Sir Alex has nothing but praise for Sheringham, who he believes may turn his hand to management.

“He’s had a fantastic career and was a wonderful player for us,” the United boss told Manchester United Radio. “He’s an excellent footballer with a superb footballing brain, and you can’t underestimate how important those goals in ’99 were.

"He’s single-minded and a strong character and I think those are qualities he can take into management. We all wish him well.”

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