Fergie in Words: Classic Sir Alex Quotes

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 8, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12:  Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, holds on to his headphones as he speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Sir Alex Ferguson had something for everyone.

For Manchester United supporters there were the titles, the Champions League triumphs and the incredible players brought into the team.

For everyone else there were the side-splitting press conferences and clever one-liners, many of which were meant to antagonize but ended up creating a figure almost as famous for his personality as his record of success.

Following is a selection of some classic Fergie quotes, and if we’ve missed any that you particularly fancy, feel free to add them to the comments section below.


Sir Alex Ferguson, on the flying boot that hit David Beckham above the eye in 2003.

“If I’d tried it 100 times or a million times it wouldn’t happen again. If it did, I would carry on playing.”


On inking Wayne Rooney to a new contract in 2010 following rumors the forward was off to Manchester City.

“Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in your own field. It’s a fact, right? And it never really works out that way.”


On seeing Ryan Giggs for the first time at The Cliff.

“He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.”


On Manchester City’s title ambitions in 2009.

“Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor. 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.”


On former United right-back Gary Neville, who stands 5'11".

“If he was an inch taller he’d be the best centre-half in Britain. His father is 6'2". I’d check the milkman.”


On then-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez’ infamous “fact rant” in 2009.

“I think he was an angry man. He must have been disturbed for some reason. I think you have got to cut through the venom of it and hopefully he’ll reflect and understand what he said was absolutely ridiculous.”


On the title race with Arsenal in 2003.

“It’s getting tickly now—squeaky-bum time, I call it.”


On Liverpool, who had 16 titles to United’s seven when he was appointed in 1986.

“My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment. My greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right of their f***ing perch. And you can print that.”


On winning the Champions League in 1999.

“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell.”


On planning his retirement—in 2008.

“I won’t be doing a Bobby Robson and be a manager when I am 70. It is just knowing when to quit. Football is like a drug which is difficult to give up.”