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Name Sir Alex Ferguson
Spelling Alex Fergusson
  Sir Alex Fergusson
  Alex Ferguson
Gender Male
Ethnic Scottish
Job Manchester United Manager
  Football Coach

Affiliation

Club as Coach Manchester United
  East Stirling

Affiliation

Assistant Mike Phelan
  Eckhard Krautzun
1992 11 27
Alex Ferguson made his greatest ever signing when he paid Leeds United £1.2 million for Eric Cantona

2009 07 10 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson believes Denis Law deserves to be revered] Denis Law was my hero as a player. I idolised him. When I first met him I was so excited. It was at a game in Paris, he had played in the first half and we went for a cup of tea afterwards. I thought: ‘This is it, I’ve made it, I’m having a cup of tea with Denis Law!’ For me, he epitomised everything a Scotsman is about. He was daring and courageous, he had that bravado about him and he had style. He was a truly fantastic footballer

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson on Paul Scholes] Very few players can do that, but Scholes is one of them – and I knew he was one of them. That’s why, without question, I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England. He’s got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him

2013 10 22 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United manager says Wayne Rooney want him to sign Mesut Özil] Wayne asked away because he felt he was playing out of position. I can understand that. My judgment was that Wayne wasn’t playing well enough. But when you see him playing like he is, do you think I would drop him? No way. He is England’s great white hope and a great player for Manchester United. The player who is playing now is a different player

[Ferguson is full of praise for Rooney’s natural ability and reference to his physique] With that kind of physique it was hard to imagine him playing into his 30s

[Ferguson claims it was a mistake for Roy Hodgson to allow Rooney to take a week’s holiday before Euro 2012 because] he was never the sort who could take days off. He would receive no leniency from me. I would hammer him for any drop in condition

I left him to discuss his future with David Moyes, hoping to see many more great performances from him at Old Trafford

2014 04 26 Retrieve

[Despite Ferguson’s backing of David Moyes proving a dire miscalculation, he has no doubts that Ryan Giggs can succeed in the post] I think that he [Giggs] is the one man they should go to, really. He’s got 20-odd years of experience at Manchester United. I signed him as a kid at 13 years of age. He’s gone through the gamut of emotions at the club – he’s experienced all the highs and lows. He knows exactly what’s needed to be a Manchester United player and I was so pleased he brought Paul Scholes back in, and Nicky Butt of course – two great professionals

They understand the club, they are hard workers, they are straight as a die. So you have got the right combinations there, there’s no doubt about that

[Ferguson, before retiring last May, had talked of establishing a structure at United similar to Bayern Munich, where key roles are occupied by former successful players] One of the things we have been criticised about over the years is succession planning. It’s a very difficult industry to say you can have succession planning. But in the case of what we were doing in the last few years, with bringing Nicky Butt into the fold, Ryan into the fold, Paul Scholes into the fold, and Gary Neville was offered a position but he decided to go into television. He could easily come back

The model is Bayern Munich where they had Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Gerd Müller, Uli Hoeness, Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier all in the camp. They were all there with their knowledge of the great Bayern Munich teams. And that was our model, and it wasn’t really until David Gill came in we started doing that. And what’s what we see today

Paul Scholes is one of these guys who has few words but the few words are so succinct, accurate and to the point. He is brilliant at it. Many times I would bring in the older guard to discuss certain things that we maybe wanted their opinion on. Scholesy had three or four words – bang, bang, bang. He was such a revelation for me for a young man to be so positive, a decision maker

I think Ryan will get the benefit of that now. That was the first thing Ryan did; he phoned up Scholesy – he was on holiday and called him back

2015 01 22 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson writes in his autobiography about Eric Cantona’s kung-fu kick] Referee Alan Wilkie’s inability to stamp out the disgraceful tackles from Crystal Palace’s two central defenders [one of them is Richard Shaw] made subsequent trouble unavoidable

[Sir Alex Ferguson, upset at the loss of two points and “enclosed in my other world” on his return home, only starts to fully digest the Cantona incident early the next morning] By 4am I was up and watching a video. It was pretty appalling. Over the years since I have never been able to elicit an explanation from Eric but my own feeling is that anger at himself over the ordering off and resentment at the referee’s earlier inaction combined to take him over the brink

[Ferguson and members of the United board - chief executive Martin Edwards, chairman of the PLC board Sir Roland Smith and Watkins - meet at the Alderley Edge Hotel that evening to determine the club’s response] We were unanimous that it had to be powerful enough to protect Manchester United’s reputation and we agreed that we should impose a four-month suspension on Eric, which would rule him out for the rest of the season

[Cantona did coaching sessions for children during the week at United’s old training ground at The Cliff. But under the terms of his ban he was not allowed to play in any organised matches. United attempted to schedule a series of training games against local teams to keep Cantona involved, but were censured in a letter from the FA once the matches became public knowledge. Deeply frustrated, Cantona informed United he was moving back to France] The next morning I contacted Eric’s advisor and told him I was ready to fly to Paris. We met at a restaurant in which Eric was waiting for us with [his agent] Jean-Jacques Bertrand and a secretary. There was no-one else in the place and the owner had put the ferme [closed] sign on the door. Eric was delighted to see me and to hear what I had to say … I believe he wanted me to put an arm round him and convince him that everything would be all right

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson on Thierry Henry] His time with Arsenal was fantastic and he’s always been a good role model in how he holds himself, as a footballer and a human being. He’s never wavered from that type of professionalism that you need to achieve that status

2016 05 21 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson on Cristiano Ronaldo’s qualities] It’s interesting to me that we hear so much about two players these days: Ronaldo and Messi. Now don’t get me wrong, Messi is a fantastic player, it’s like he’s wearing slippers when he controls the ball. But here, for me, is the difference. Messi is a Barcelona player. But Ronaldo could play for Stockport County and score a hat-trick. He has everything. He can shoot with both feet, head the ball, he’s as brave as a lion, and here’s something else people overlook. During my time at Manchester United I was lucky enough to have a lot of people who put in countless extra hours to get better. Gary Neville turned himself from an average footballer into a wonderful one because of his work ethic, as did David Beckham. But Ronaldo used to completely exhaust himself, and still does. He just wanted to be the best in the world

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson talks about some of his management philosophies at the World Business Forum in Milan] There was a lot of myth about it. It happened about half a dozen times in 27 years and the players will tell you that. The problem for me was if a player answered me back, I headed towards them. That was my problem. [Former Celtic and Scotland boss] Jock Stein always said to me, ‘Leave it until Monday to talk to them’, but I said I couldn’t wait until Monday. So, on a Saturday after the game, I told them exactly how I felt, because we had trained at a level all week that I expected to win every game. I told them exactly the truth and the truth works. All the players understood that and it was never held against me. Then the next day it is pushed aside and I’m prepared to win again. I never ruled by fear

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson speaks about Rooney’s goals record] When Wayne Rooney joined the club I could never imagine anybody could beat Sir Bobby’s record. So his achievement is outstanding. It’s amazing. He’s 200-odd games short of Bobby’s playing record and that makes it even more amazing. I don’t think anyone can [overtake Rooney]

2017 10 12 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson Ferguson says Fabien Barthez was better outfield than between the sticks] Since they stopped the pass back, it meant they had to use their feet. It has become a great part of the game today and I think when you see the performances of Manuel Neuer, he’s incredible. They played in the 2013 Super Cup final against Chelsea, and when they were chasing the winning goal, he played on the halfway line like the sweeper

I had Fabien Barthez. Other goalkeepers would play safety first: ‘If I can pass to one of my team-mates, that’s my job’. Fabien had a wee bit more. He liked the excitement of taking care of the ball. I remember he kept telling me he was a better outfield player. He could play sometimes in Friday-morning games before the Saturday game, in small-sided games, he had good feet

2018 04 21 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to his old rival Arsene Wenger] I am pleased he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves. He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man. It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves

2019 04 30 Retrieve

[Ferguson once famously declared] My greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[My problem in the 2008 final, maybe I even regret it to this day, was I left Ji-sung Park out completely in the final against Chelsea] To win the European Cup is fantastic. It was a really great bunch of players with a great attitude about them and a good, strong squad. He’d played such a great role and that’s the problem when you get to these finals

At Wembley [in 2011] I did it to Dimitar Berbatov and he took it badly. He didn’t deserve it. No player deserves to be left out of the final. That’s why we try hard at these European seminars with the coaches to try to get 11 subs in the final. You’ve got four or five sitting in the stand who made fantastic contributions in getting there