Sir Alex Ferguson insists Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has proved running a successful club in the Barclays Premier League is not all about money.
The Manchester United boss believes McLeish has done a 'marvellous' job guiding City to eighth in the table considering the lack of funds at St Andrews.
Birmingham are now unbeaten in 11 top-flight games and have not lost since losing to United on the opening day of the season.
It is a remarkable run considering it is their first season back in the top flight after finishing runners-up to Wolves in the Championship last season.
McLeish, who played under Ferguson during his trophy-laden spell at Aberdeen, has turned things around after arriving as manager in November 2007.
The Scot shrugged off the disappointment of relegation in his first season to steer the club straight back up again.
And Ferguson says McLeish should be proud of his achievements after making some shewed signings in Barry Ferguson and Roger Johnson this season.
Speaking ahead of United's visit to St Andrews in the Premier League on Saturday, Ferguson said: 'Alex McLeish has done a fantastic job. He only had a small amount of money to budget with when they came into the Premier League.
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'He brought Barry Ferguson down from Rangers and brought in the centre-halffrom Cardiff (Roger Johnson).
'He has used players who have been there for a long time now. What he has done has been marvellous.
'They are now eighth in the league and have gone 11 games without defeat.
'It tells you that Birmingham had to improve as a team from last season. They have done that remarkably well.'
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