He is one of the greatest managers ever to grace the touch line, and was also a master of the microphone. Here are Five of the best quotes from Manchester United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson:Speaking about the first time he ever saw evergreen winger Ryan Giggs grace the turf.
“I remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.”
Ferguson saw one of the greatest challenges to his authority back in 2010, when Wayne Rooney looked to force a move. The striker of course eventually stayed until 2017 after becoming the clubs all time record goalscorer.
Speaking about the incident when Rooney tried to force a move to Manchester City, Fergie said:
“Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in the field.”
While not a direct quote, players from within the Manchester United dressing room from the 1999 Champions League final recall the half time team talk that Ferguson delivered. The Red Devils went into the interval trailing 1-0 to Bayern Munich, and this was Fergie’s message at half time, and the rest is history:
“At the end of this game, the European Cup will be only six feet away from you, and you’ll not even able to touch it if we lose. And for many of you, that will be the closest you will ever get.
“Don’t you dare come back in here without giving your all.”
He may have been one of the greatest managers of our era, but he certainly didn’t trust the Italians, and let us all know with this fantastic quote.
“When an Italian says it’s pasta I check under the sauce to make sure. They are innovators of the smokescreen.”
And last but not least, our personal favourite. Speaking about the 2002/03 title race, Ferguson had a lot to say about United’s great rivals, Liverpool.
“My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. And you can print that.”
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