Sir Alex Ferguson is releasing his autobiography, we at double take we have been able to get some quotes for you, and Sir Al fashion, the book kept us laughing, shocked and sighing, we do love Fergie, so just for you here are some of our favourite quotes. Just to give you a taste … ”Gibson was the closest thing to Scholes I’ve seen. Except he wasn’t ginger”.
Wayne Rooney apparently told Fergie to buy Ozil
“My response was to ask Wayne: ‘when have we not challenged for the League in the last 20 years?’ How many European finals have we been to in the last three or four years?,” he wrote in his autobiography. “I told him that to say we weren’t ambitious was nonsense.
“Wayne said that we should have pursued Mesut Ozil, who had joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen. My reply was that it was none of his business who we should have gone for. I told him it was his job to play and perform. My job was to pick the correct teams. And so far I had been getting it right.”
Ozil went on to join Arsenal in a deal worth £42.5m in August this year.
Manchester United midfielder David Beckham:
“David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game.”
‘David Beckham thought he was bigger than Sir Alex Ferguson. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Alex Ferguson or Pete the Plumber. The name of the manager is irrelevant. You cannot have a player taking over a dressing room. That was the death knell for him.’
David Beckham was never a ‘top player’
“He was like half Stone Cold Steve Austin, half Franz Beckenbauer – the complete centre-back.”
On Paulo Maldini:
“My favourite Italian player is Paulo Maldini. I spoke to his father once about signing him. He gave me a look which suggested that he’d never leave AC Milan.”
On former United captain Roy Keane:
“There was no game that week and I was due to go to Dubai to visit our soccer school. That morning Gary Neville called me from the players’ dressing room and asked me to come in. Down I went, expecting Roy to have apologised. I took my seat. Gary promptly announced that the players were not happy with training. I could not believe my ears.
‘You what?’ I said. Roy had a major influence on the dressing room and I believed that he had used that influence to try and turn the situation.”
“He has the most savage tongue you can imagine. He can debilitate the most confident person in the world in seconds with that tongue.”
‘I believe that Roy Keane’s behaviour pattern changed when he realised he was no longer the Roy Keane of old.
“He thought he was Peter Pan”
‘Acting on a conviction that some of his strengths had been stolen from him by injury and age we tried to change his job description. I think he could see the truth of what we were saying to him, but to surrender to it was too damaging to his pride.’
On Chelsea striker Fernando Torres:
“Torres was blessed with great cunning: a shrewdness that was borderline Machiavellian. He had a touch of evil, though not in the physical sense.”
On Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard:
“I am one of the few who felt Gerrard was not a top player.”
On former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich:
“A terrible professional … we played down at Wimbledon in February (2000), and Bosnich was tucking into everything: sandwiches, soups, steaks. He was going through the menu, eating like a horse.”
On Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard:
“I didn’t think of him as an elite international footballer.”
On Napoli coach Rafa Benitez, previously of Liverpool and Chelsea:
“The mistake he made was to turn our rivalry personal … I had success on my side.”
On managing Manchester United:
“I would sit in my office in the afternoon, with my work complete, wanting company.”
On former U.S. President John F Kennedy:
“I developed a forensic interest in how he was killed, by whom and why.”