​Former ​Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi has spoken about the influence of Sir Alex Ferguson in his career as well as revealed his thoughts on his Villarreal teammate, former ​Arsenal star ​Santi Cazorla in his recent interview.

The 32-year-old former Italy international spent three seasons at Old Trafford, scoring only once in the Premier League, making five appearances.

Currently a ​free agent who even ​trained with Manchester United recently, Rossi is training with former side Villarreal as he looks to rebuild his career after a number of serious injuries. However, his time at United and with Sir Alex is clearly something he remembers with happiness.

As reported by ​Goal, who quote Rossi's interview with La Liga's official website, the Spaniard said, "It’s hard to compare Sir Alex Ferguson to anyone. He was very unique in the way that he is able to protect his players off the field, he treats you as if you’re his own kid. He protects you. He is someone that really cares for his players."

Rossi continued, "On the field he makes his voice heard if he doesn’t like what he sees. It was a pleasure for me and I’m sure it was a pleasure for all the players that were under him to have him on your side.”

Rossi was further asked about Santi Cazorla, who recently made his return to the Spanish national team. He met Cazorla recently and described his thoughts on the same as he said, "It’s crazy."

He continued, "When we were playing years ago we never thought we would have these situations in our careers. But it happens. It’s all part of sport and it’s how you come [back] and it’s the fight you put in to the recovery, to wanting to get back to your levels."

Revealing inspiration from Cazorla, Rossi claimed as he concluded, "I’ve been down and I came back up, particularly with Santi – he’s back to playing at these high levels, playing with the national team also so he’s definitely an inspiration to me and also to all the young players and to other players on this team. It’s crazy the parallels we have. It’s always great to see him back and to see him playing at those levels.”