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Quotes from Alex Ferguson's autobiography

Some quotes from the new autobiography by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson poses with his book 'My Autobiography' during a press conference in central London, Tuesday, Oct. 2...
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson poses with his book 'My Autobiography' during a press conference in central London, Tuesday, Oct. 2...

Britain Ferguson Autobiography

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson poses with his book 'My Autobiography' during a press conference in central London, Tuesday, Oct. 2...

Britain Ferguson Autobiography

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson poses with his book 'My Autobiography' during a press conference in central London, Tuesday, Oct. 2...

LONDON (AP) -- Some quotes from former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's autobiography, which will be released later this week:

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On former 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."

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On former United captain Roy Keane:

"He has the most savage tongue you can imagine. He can debilitate the most confident person in the world in seconds with that tongue."

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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."

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On Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard:

"I am one of the few who felt Gerrard was not a top player."

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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."

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On Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard:

"I didn't think of him as an elite international footballer."

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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."

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On managing Manchester United:

"I would sit in my office in the afternoon, with my work complete, wanting company."

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On player power:

"In modern football, celebrity status overrides the manager's power. In my day you wouldn't whisper a word about your manager. You would fear certain death. In my later years, I would hear constantly about players using their power against managers, and the player receiving the support of the public and even the club."

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Recalling what a un-named senior Inter Milan official told him:

"Do you know the difference between the English and Italians? In England they don't think a game can ever be corrupt. In Italy they don't think a game cannot be corrupt."

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On the United States:

"The States always intrigued and inspired me. I fed off America's energy and vastness, its variety."

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On former U.S. President John F Kennedy:

"I developed a forensic interest in how he was killed, by whom and why."


Updated : 2021-04-23 07:44 GMT+08:00