As he said in his press conference with De Gea, ‘‘What we’re good at is developing people.’’
Drinking at the fountain of youth has clearly done wonders for Ferguson, too. He'll turn 72 this year? Hard to believe from his buoyant mood in Madrid. Compared to the solemn-looking Jose Mourinho, Real’s manager 21 years younger than Ferguson, the elder statesman seemed almost insolently chirpy.
Young at heart and more than willing to give youth a chance. For Ferguson, a winning combination.
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester