Nelson Mandela

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Alex Ferguson and Nelson Mandela

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson toured South Africa with Nelson Mandela in 1993. "The thing that strikes me most of all is that there's no bitterness about him, despite what he endured and suffered," Ferguson said in 2012, when he also helped Mandela celebrate his 94th birthday. "You have to be special to put that to one side, to try and get on with life."