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Top 50 Sir Alex Ferguson/Manchester United Quotes

Updated on December 7, 2013

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Whether you like him, love him or hate him you can't deny how successful and brilliant a manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been. As a Man United fan I think he is brilliant but I could understand how you could dislike him if you were not a Manchester United fan. He is also fantastic to listen to when he does his press interviews and is a brilliant character. Alex Ferguson is definitely not afraid to speak his mind to the players, managers, referees and journalists and nearly all of his great quotes come from these situations.

His new autobiography is a fascinating read and gives us an insight into this legendary man and manager, his roots, and his relationships with other managers like Mourinho and Arsene Wenger as well as with key figures like Beckham, Keane, Rooney and Ronaldo. A must read for all football fans.

There are many famous Sir Alex Ferguson quotes and I am going to do a top 50 in this hub! These quotes are in no particular order and there are 10 in each section to keep it neat! It took a long time to compile all these quotes together so I hope you enjoy reading them, if you do please share this on United websites and on Twitter!

Sir Alex Ferguson - The best manager in the world
Sir Alex Ferguson - The best manager in the world

Books by and about Sir Alex Ferguson

Managing My Life: My Autobiography
Managing My Life: My Autobiography
520 fascinating pages about the best manager in any sport ever. From his humble beginnings, to playing, to becoming a manager. This is one of the best sports biographies out there!

Great Sir Alex Ferguson Quotes

Here are 10 of Sir Alex's Famous Quotes

1 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.

UPDATE: And he did it, taking Manchester United to a record 19 League titles beating Liverpool's 18!

2 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.

(Half time talk during the 1999 European Cup Final)

3 That lad [Filippo Inzaghi] must have been born offside.

4 I am such a bloody talented guy. I might go into painting or something like that.

(life after management)

5 It’s getting tickly now - squeaky-bum time, I call it.

(end of season title race 2002/2003)

6 I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell.

(after winning European Cup May 26th 1999)

7 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.

8 Cole should be scoring from those distances, but I’m not going to single him out.

9 Whether dribbling or sprinting, Ryan can leave the best defenders with twisted blood.

10 The philosophy of a lot of European teams, even in home matches, is not to give a goal away.

Sir Alex
Sir Alex

More Ferguson Quotes

11 It is totally out of the question. There is no way we would sell him, or any of our best players.

(before selling David Beckham)

12 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!

(on Arsense Wenger linguistic abilities)

13 On you go. I’m no f***ing talking to you. He’s a f***ing great player. Yous are f***ing idiots.

(on Veron)

14 I’m privileged to have followed Sir Matt because all you have to do is to try to maintain the standards that he set so many years ago.

(after equaling Sir Matt Busby's Premiership record)

15 Just fucking patch him up.

(to a physio after kicking a boot at Beckham's head!)

16 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!

(to the media - after the incident)

17 Sometimes we can get too emotional as a club with things that are happening. But we’re both of a common denominator - we don’t want the club to be in anyone else’s hands.

18 The big challenges are the biggest stage and it is a true test of all footballers in Europe.

19 As with every young player, he’s only 18.

20 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.

(on Gary Neville)

Sir Alex Ferguson after winning the 2008 Champions League
Sir Alex Ferguson after winning the 2008 Champions League
Someone's happy!
Someone's happy!

Sir Alex Ferguson Quotes

21 The lads ran their socks into the ground.

22 He could start a row in an empty house.

(on Dennis Wise)

23 We have people coming here to admire the scenery and enjoy their crisps.

(on United fans)

24 If we can play like that every week, we’ll get some level of consistency.

25 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.

(on Jose Mourinho)

26 Wayne Rooney doesn’t score tap-ins.

27 I have always tried to be the bridge between the club and the fans and I have tried to support the fans in a lot of their pleas and causes.

28 They have those fans who are so emotional and fanatical, they expect to win the World Cup.

(on Newcastle fans)

29 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.

(on Paul Ince)

30 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.

(on Ryan Giggs)

Brilliant Sir Alex Quotes

31 They come out with the ‘English are so strong, we’re terrible in the air, we can’t do this, we can’t do that’. Then they beat you 3 - 0.

(on Italians)

32 We are catching them [Chelsea] and we just hope the finishing line doesn’t come too soon.

33 When we signed him [Rooney] at 18, everyone said ‘what will he be like at 21?’ Now he’s 21, people are saying ‘what will he be like at 25?’ It was always destined to be that way.

34 He demonstrates great hunger and desire all the time. Without doubt, he is the best 21-year-old I have ever had. 

(on Wayne Rooney)

35 We will only be in trouble if we listen to Jose too much. 

36 I bet him he wouldn’t get 15 league goals and I’m going to have to change my bet with him. If he gets to 15 I can change it and I am allowed to do that because I’m the manager. I’m going to make it 150 now. 

(on Ronaldo)

37 I think it’s important to work and I’m entitled to work. Some people do not want to work but I want to continue working. 

38 Wayne is truly blessed. He doesn’t just have ability, he has a fire inside him.

39 At half-time it could have been 20-all! But commonsense took over - or boring football took over!

(on Fulham match where Man united won 3-2 2005)

40 We’re suffering because of what happened against Arsenal… one of my players would have to be hit by an axe to get a penalty at the moment.

More Quotes by the Manchester United Manager

41 The crowd were dead. It was like a funeral out there.

42 The pace of the game demanded a referee who was fit. It is an indictment of our game. You see referees abroad who are as fit as butcher’s dogs. We have some who are fit. He wasn’t fit. He was taking 30 seconds to book a player. He was needing a rest. It was ridiculous.

(On Alan Wiley - referee)

43 It doesn't matter who leaves, the name of Manchester United does not leave.

44 It would have been Sir Matt Busby's 90th birthday today, but I think he was up there doing a lot of kicking.

(After winning the 1999 European Cup)

45 You're a fuckin' bottler Incey! You cannae handle the stage, can you? You are a fuckin' bottler!

(to Paul Ince at half time 1994 Barcelona)

46 If Chelsea drop points, the cat’s out in the open. And you know what cats are like – sometimes they don’t come home.

47 What the fuck are you lot playing at? That is the biggest load of shite I've ever seen. Not one of you can look me in the eye, because not one of you deserves to have a say. I can't believe you're come here and decided to toss it off like that crap you're playing out there.

(half time talk)

45He’s a bully, a fucking big-time Charlie.

(on Paul Ince again)

46 It keeps those f***ers from the media out.

(Fortress Carrington)

47 We need Van Nistelrooy up there again because we missed some incredible chances at Portsmouth. He’s the best.

48 I thought the first 45 minutes were the best of my time as a manager.

(United's come back from 2-0 down to beat Juventus 3-2 in Turin - regarded as one of the greatest comebacks in history!) Watch the video.

49 I don't think I could have a higher opinion of any footballer than I already had of the Irishman, but he rose even further in my estimation at the Stadio Delle Alpi. The minute he was booked and out of the final he seemed to redouble his efforts to get the team there. It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player.

(on Roy Keane in the match mentioned in the quote above)

50 (My personal favourite) When an Italian tells me its pasta on the plate I check under the sauce to make sure. They are the inventors of the smokescreen.

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