Great Alex Ferguson Quotes

I tried it 100 or a million times it couldn’t happen again. If I could, I would have carried on playing.

Well, football is a hard game; there’s no denying it. It’s a game that can bring out the worst in you, at times.

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

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

That lad must have been born offside.

When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure.

They (the press) have a hatred of Manchester United.

To not apologize for the behavior of the players to another manager is unthinkable. It’s a disgrace, but I don’t expect Wenger to ever apologize…he’s that type of person.

I always said to the directors that the minute a player becomes more powerful than the manager of Manchester United, it’s not Manchester United. You have lost control of the whole club. So I always made sure that I was in control. They always knew who the manager was.

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

He could start a row in an empty house.

I think Rafael Benítez 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.

Funnily enough we have never had one enquiry for Paul Scholes. You know why? Because they all know he will never leave. in my time he would be in the top six or seven (best United players ever) without a doubt. His contribution and quality have been great, even without the fantastic goals he has scored. [ . . . ] He has that wonderful velvet touch on the ball. When he gets it, it goes stone dead. It is wonderful to see that amidst all the mayhem that can happen in a football match.

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

You are not going to be happy if you lose to a goal in the last minute. It is difficult to take and difficult to get out of your mind.

I was doing all the coaching schools so that I’d be able to stay in the game, and I gave myself a chance by doing that. I was only an average player, could score a goal or two, that sort of thing, but I wasn’t a Bobby Charlton or a Messi, or Ronaldo. There are very, very few really great players who have become great coaches.

Sometimes in football you have to hold your hand up and say, yeah, they’re better than us.

If you’re going to be a footballer, be a great one.If you’re going to have a dream, dream big.


That lad must have been born offside.

I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don’t fly. They’re the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over – so it’s teamwork.