Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is to be the subject of a new BBC1 documentary.

Nick Robinson, who’s soon to leave his position as BBC political editor, will quiz Sir Alex about his leadership style which saw the club dominate English football during his time in charge.

“I’ve spent my career watching and analysing leaders for a living but I never saw one to match Sir Alex,” said Nick.

(Yui Mok/PA)Nick Robinson (Yui Mok/PA)

“Like a general leading troops into battle or the chief executive of a mighty corporation, he succeeded so much and survived for so long because he understood people – how to motivate them, how to discipline them and how to inspire them.

“I’m look forward to exploring the secrets of Sir Alex’s success not just by talking to him but about him with other leaders in public life, the military and business.

“My aim is as much to see what he can teach us about leadership off as well as on the pitch.”

(Mike Egerton/PA)Sir Alex Ferguson (Mike Egerton/PA)

The documentary, which has a working title Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets Of Success, will air later this year.

Sir Alex said: “Figuring out what it takes to win trophies with a round ball differs from the challenges facing the leaders of companies like BP, Marks and Spencer, Vodafone or Apple, or the people who run large hospitals, universities or global charities.

“Yet there are traits that apply to all winners and to organisations whose leaders aspire to win. I look forward to sitting down with Nick and I am confident that this programme will appeal to people in all walks of life.”