Sir Alex Ferguson is surely one of the most successful managers ever in world football history. The Manchester United fans love him and the non-Manchester United people hate him.
But whether you love him or hate him, he has given Manchester United 24 incredible years of his guidance and has been one of the most admired and respected persons in the game till date.
He was awarded the Knightship in 1999 and holds the most number of records for being the Manager of the Year in England.
He is an amazing person, an interesting one often, and has never feared anyone in his path to say or express his feelings. That has created some of the best sayings by the manager in his long tenure as the Manchester United manager. While I have collected some of the best ones, the list is simply endless.
The halftime speech by Sir Alex was “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.”
And then, at the end of the game
“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell.”
The result is perhaps known to everyone, where United won the Champions League final as they netted the ball twice in the extra time to get an astonishing 2-1 lead over the Germans.
Sir Alex said about the then Chelsea Manager 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."
In January 2005, "In the tunnel, Wenger was criticising my players, calling them cheats, so I told him to leave them alone and behave himself. He ran at me with his hands raised saying 'What do you want to do about it?' To not apologise for the behaviour of the players to another manager is unthinkable. It's a disgrace, but I don't expect Wenger to ever apologise...he's that type of person".
Add onto that the 1996 comment, "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!"
And then in 1997, Sir Alex said about Arsene Wenger, "He's a novice—he should keep his opinions to Japanese football"
This is a tribute to the 19-time champions, as Sir Alex said earlier, "My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch. And you can print that."
Manchester United beat the record of Liverpool by becoming the 19-time champions in the English Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson once said about the legend 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."
Ryan Giggs, in his late 30s, is still an inspiration for the United midfield, and for years, he has been the edge that United needed. He is called the most decorated footballer in English football till date.
Sir Alex said about his long-time serving right-back Gary Neville:
Now that is really a funny piece from the boss.
Neville, who served United for almost 20 years, is one of the rare one-club men. Neville made about 400 appearances for United and as a vital force along the right side of the Manchester United defense. Though often involved in controversies, yet Neville is always remembered among United fans for his passion and loyalty to United.
David Beckham, a former Manchester United player and surely one of the most popular player in sports history, was addressed by his coach Sir Alex as:
"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."
Oh, and I cannot resist the greed to add some more of his comments on Beckham, as he said once “Just fucking patch him up.” He said this to the club physio after accidentally he kicked a boot to Beckham's head, who needed stitches for that incident.
Later Sir Alex said to the media, "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!"
Now when the Boss was asked about himself, as to what he plans to do after retirement from the management of United, he replied in full confidence:
"I am such a bloody talented guy. I might go into painting or something like that."
Now that is an attitude we need, an attitude which has taken United to heights that people will speak for years and years.
Inzaghi, in his prime, was one of the best strikers in the world football. Though the player still continues to play for Italian club AC Milan, the signs of growing old are prominent in the game. However, at 38, he is still better than many experienced youngsters in world football.
When Inzaghi was found to be the player with most number of offside in football, Sir Alex said "Pippo Inzaghi was born in an offside position."
I told you, the Boss has got humor!
Once he said,
Surely, Sir Alex is a happy man at the moment. And we wish him to be happy like this forever, happy with his team Manchester United. And we say our all-time quote, " Glory, Glory Man United."
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