Rory McIlroy says he was in a "trance" while former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson delivered a speech to the Europe team ahead of the Ryder Cup.

The top-ranked McIlroy, who is a big United fan, says "I was just sitting there and looking up at him, and I didn't take my eyes off him."

Ferguson, widely regarded as British football's greatest coach, spent 30 minutes talking to Europe's players on Tuesday, and then answered questions.

McIlroy says the Scotsman is "a very inspirational sort of man. ... He's got a lot of authority and the room just goes quiet and everyone listens."

Ferguson's United teams were renowned for scoring late goals to win matches, and Sergio Garcia says "hard-working, confidence, belief, never giving up" were themes of the speech.