Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson described David Gill’s work as “magnificent” after the executive chief announced he will leave his position in the Premier League club in June, The Sun reports.

Gill stands down from his role after ten years as an executive chief, expecting to be appointed to the Uefa’s executive committee this summer. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will replace him at Old Trafford.

Ferguson paid tribute to Gill: “David has been magnificent. Of course, we have had a million arguments”, the manager said.

“But I always enjoyed them because I know that David has two great qualities — he is straight and he always puts Manchester United first”, he added.

Fergie labelled Gill’s stepping down as “a big loss” and wished hecould have made him continue at Old Trafford: “If I could have found a way of persuading him to stay, I would love to have done that”, he admits.

But the manager understands and support the chief’s decision: “He has made his decision and I respect him for it”.

Gill joined United in 1997 as a finance director, and assumed the chief executive role in September 2003. After standing down in June he is expected to remain linked to United in a non-executive role.