Former Manchester United striker, Mame Biram Diouf, has sung the praises of Sir Alex Ferguson… despite not always being able to understand him.

“Alex Ferguson is a great manager, a football legend,” Diouf told Bild. “But it was hard for me to understand him. He had such a strong Scottish accent. Sometimes I did not know what he said.”

Diouf has been scoring for fun since joining Hannover, with 18 goals in 29 games, but reckons playing alongside Wayne Rooney helped him.

“Wayne Rooney is an incredible striker,” he said. “How he moves, and blocks the defender, and how he controls the ball. If you are in a team with those players, you can only profit from it. They teach you what to do.”