Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has described Sir Alex Ferguson as "a winner" and "an inspiration" following news that the Manchester United manager is set to retire.

Ferguson will call time on 26 years at Old Trafford at the end of this season after winning 25 major trophies with United.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has heard about the Scot's managerial methods through England colleagues like Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones - and he has nothing but respect for him.

I think he deserves a rest now, he's definitely done his time!

"I think the main thing that always crops up [when we talk] is that he is such a winner," Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.

"I know he's hard on his players and he gets the best out of them, and I think you can see that with Manchester United being a top side for so long.

"From what I hear from the Man United boys, he's hungrier than anyone and, even at his age, after winning so much he still wanted to win in recent years. That gets the best out of his players. They say he is a great man to work for so you can imagine he is a real inspiration.

"It's a shame for football [that he's retiring] because everyone knows Fergie is an amazing manager and he's been at the top for so long. But at the same time I think he deserves a rest now, he's definitely done his time!"

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Chris Harris 10 May 2013