Sir Alex Ferguson’s wife Lady Cathy is having to “nail down” the former Manchester United manager’s feet in order to keep him indoors.
The Scot, who retired from management in 2013, is known for his work ethic but had to undergo emergency surgery in 2018 and has since had to watch his health.
But Albert Morgan, United’s kitman under Ferguson for 20 years, joked that his wife is having a hard time keeping him indoors even with enforced social distancing measures.
“I speak to him almost every day and he is on a total lockdown at the moment,” Morgan told MUTV Group Chat. “He has not been out of the house.
“I think his Mrs has had to nail his feet down! He is in good form, he is doing his exercises every morning.
“He has got his dumbbells out, he is on his rowing machine, his walking machine, so yeah he is doing well.”
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed thousands of lives and the government has urged people to stay indoors to prevent the spread.
It has seen the Premier League suspended indefinitely which was far from timely for United who were in good form.
However a second place finish in 2018 remains their best league showing since Ferguson’s retirement.
The Scot presided over the most successful period in the clubs history during his 27 year tenure.
And Morgan shared some of the methods that allowed Ferguson to thrive for so long at Old Trafford.
“He let people get on with their job,” he said. “He learned how to delegate to all of his staff and so long as you do your job and to the best of your ability – it was hard work – but your enthusiasm got you through. He never bothered you.”
But Morgan joked that in his role he was constantly torn between whether to side with the manager or his players.
“I used to keep him informed about everything!” he claimed.
“I was on the fence between the staff and the players, I was the one bouncing on the fence. It was a nightmare – it kept me awake some nights!”