Sir Alex Ferguson visited Burnage Media Arts College to officially open its new £16m state-of-the-art school building.
Sir Alex was given a warm welcome by the school’s head teacher, Ian Fenn, along with plenty of excited students hoping to catch a glimpse of him.
The United manager addressed around 200 lucky pupils in the new assembly hall and the students were allowed to ask him questions.
14-year-old Sulayman Garrett asked the United legend what inspires him.
Sir Alex replied: "My parents inspired me. My father made me get up every morning at 6am and I still do that today. I’ve worked hard all my life. I also had a primary school teacher who really encouraged me to be a better human being; she was a real driving force.
He added: "You’ve got a phenomenal opportunity here to improve your education. These are the foundations on which you should build, but you must work hard now and in the future to earn success."
Sir Alex joined Mr Fenn, vice chair of governors Alan Scott, chair of children’s services Afzal Khan and some of the school’s staff for a tour of the new 9,000sqm building, which is now home to some of the best media, arts and sports facilities in the country.
Mr Fenn then thanked Sir Alex and told him: "Our motto is ‘be the best that you can be’. If anyone in this room can claim to have done so it is you Sir Alex. We’re honoured to be joined by someone who is acknowledged to be the best in his field. You are an inspiration to us all."
A plaque to mark the occasion was officially unveiled by Sir Alex, who is currently celebrating a 25-year reign at United.
The visit was Sir Alex’s second to the school, the first being in 2003, which is a flagship Manchester United Foundation school and where brothers Wes and Reece Brown both attended.