Sir Alex Ferguson has won everything there is to win in the club football world, and he is undoubtedly the most successful British manager the English Premiership and world has seen.
This article will serve as a review of sorts, without revealing any of the specifics of this must-read football biography.
First, this is an incredibly quick read despite being some 300 pages in length. Chapters are both quick and interesting, and although he does have some repetitive ramblings, the overall message regarding success in management is not only interesting, but valuable. Fergie's view is quite personable and relatable, and the structure and message reveal an honest account of his managerial career and personality.
I test anyone to read this book and not hear the old Scot's voice ringing between your ears. His 26 years of management are not fully documented, but he addresses all the big names and big events that any casual football supporter would be interested in reading about.
Ferguson has full chapters regarding the big names to grace the club: David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jose Mourinho and the "Class of '92." Included are his perspectives regarding his bust-ups with Beckham, Keane and Van Nistelrooy.
Ferguson isn't shy on his love affair with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, and their names are, without too much exaggeration, on every page of this big recount of his time at United—and deservedly so.
Ferguson also discusses his personal life in little detail; he doesn't divulge too much about his past, but he does lay credit to his hard work early in life for his great success. He is also somewhat vague about his intentions after football and his life in retirement.
His thoughts regarding building for the future are extremely interesting. Even in his final years with the club, he had a future starting XI in his mind, waiting in reserve or slowly working into the first team. He credits his success to this forward thinking.
Certain controversial aspects of the book itself are really not that controversial. Ferguson was never one to hide his feelings, and that brutal honesty sets the tone for this autobiography. His opinions regarding Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are literally one sentence of this massive work and definitely got blown out of proportion.
"My Autobiography" should be considered a definite read for any football fan.