26 Funny Alex Ferguson Quotes Manchester United Fans Must Read
26. During his half-time team-talk in the 1999 Champions League final: "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."
25. On Arsene Wenger: "They say he's an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages! I've got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!"
24. "Sometimes you're not sure about a player. Sometimes you doubt. Sometimes you have to guess. Sometimes... you just know.”
23. On Dennis Wise: “He could start a row in an empty house.”
22. “Myths grow all the time. If I was to listen to the number of times I've thrown teacups then we've gone through some crockery in this place. It's completely exaggerated, but I don't like people arguing back with me.”
21. On Ryan Giggs: "Whether dribbling or sprinting, Ryan can leave the best defenders with twisted blood”
"I've never played for a draw in my life."
20. On his first meeting with Jose Mourinho: "He was certainly full of it, calling me "Boss" and "Big Man" when we had our post-match drink after the first leg. But it would help if his greetings were accompanied by a decent glass of wine. What he gave me was paint-stripper."
19. "I tell the players that the bus is moving. This club has to progress. And the bus wouldn't wait for them. I tell them to get on board."
18. On Filipo Inzaghi: "That lad must have been born offside."
17. "If ever there was one player, anywhere in the world, that was made for Manchester United, it was Cantona. He swaggered in, stuck his chest out, raised his head and surveyed everything as though he were asking: 'I'm Cantona. How big are you? Are you big enough for me?"
16. On Paul Ince: "I used to have a saying that when a player is at his peak, he feels as though he can climb Everest in his slippers. That's what he was like."
15. "When an Italian says it's pasta I check under the sauce to make sure. They are innovators of the smokescreen."
14. On Manchester City: "Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour. You cannot do anything about that. They will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder."
13. "My greatest challenge is not what is happening right at this moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their perch."
12. "If Chelsea drop points, the cat's out in the open. And you know what cats are like - sometimes they don't come home."
11. On Sir Matt Busby: "I’m privileged to have followed Sir Matt because all you have to do is to try and maintain the standards that he set so many years ago."
10. "The work of a team should always embrace a great player but the great player must always work."
9. On Ryan Giggs: "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."
8. "David Beckham is Britain’s finest striker of a football not because of God-given talent but because he practises with a relentless application that the vast majority of less gifted players wouldn’t contemplate."
7. On kicking a boot into Beckham’s face: "It was a freakish incident. If I tried it 100 or a million times it couldn't happen again. If I could I would have carried on playing!"
6. "You can't applaud a referee."
5. On Gary Neville: "If he was an inch taller he'd be the best centre half in Britain. His father is 6ft 2in - I'd check the milkman."
4. "It's getting tickly now - squeaky-bum time, I call it."
3. "If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself."
2. On Real Madrid: 'Do you think I would enter into a contract with that mob? Absolutely no chance. I would not sell them a virus."
1. After Manchester United’s dramatic Champions League win in 1999: "Football, bloody hell"