Ferguson is a magician for his title triumphs, says Hodgson

ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson has labelled Sir Alex Ferguson a “magician” after the Scot led Manchester United to their 13th league title under his stewardship on Monday.

A 3-0 victory against Aston Villa saw United crowned champions for the 20th time in their history, more than any other club in English football.

Ferguson, 71, said this latest success has made him feel “10 years” younger, quashing suspicions of any imminent retirement.

And Hodgson lavished praise on Ferguson’s longevity and continued success in the Old Trafford hot-seat.

“The most incredible thing about it is being able to do it year after year,” he said. “If we’re going to talk about magicians in football then the only magicians I know are people like Sir Alex Ferguson, who year after year keeps producing incredible performances from his teams and his players and keeps being able to rebuild teams from the ashes of his previous team.”

By contrast to Ferguson’s success, this season’s title is the first won by Robin van Persie, whose hat-trick in Monday’s win included a sumptuous volley, described by the United boss as “goal of the century”.

And the former Arsenal striker, who believes that strike was his best in a Manchester United shirt, said he has developed the taste for more success.

“I had to wait a long time,” said the 29-year-old. “From now on this is our new standard. We want to be champions every year.”