Alex Ferguson Quotes

As long as there are games to play it is not over.

At the end of a game I always shake hands and we always have a meeting in my office afterwards with both sets of staff.

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.

Evolution happens. There’s no football team in the world that has stayed together for time ever more.

Football is like a drug which is difficult to give up.

Football management is such a pressurised thing – horse racing is a release. I’m also learning to play the piano – I’m quite determined – it’s another release from the pressure of my job.

Her Majesty said she hoped I would have time for my horses – I own two and have shares in four.

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

I do believe in fate.

I don’t like losing but I’ve mellowed. I maybe have a short fuse but it goes away quicker now.

I feel sympathy for the working class lad. I’ve always championed about ticket prices and try to equate that to people’s salaries.

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.

I tell the players that the bus is moving. This club has to progress. And the bus wouldn’t wait for them. I tell them to get on board.

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.

I will be leaving Manchester United at the end of the season and that is it.

If I have my health I can carry on. There will be a point when I do quit but I have absolutely no idea when that is.

If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.

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

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.

In England, it’s a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it’s much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury.

Inzaghi was born in an offside position.

It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so.

I’ve never played for a draw in my life.

John Borland was one of the biggest influences on my earlier life. He was an absolute fanatic for the game.

Myths grow all the time. If I was to listen to the number of times I’ve thrown teacups then we’ve gone through some crockery in this place. It’s completely exaggerated, but I don’t like people arguing back with me.

Only true champions come out and show their worth after defeat- and I expect us to do that.

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

Sometimes you’re not sure about a player. Sometimes you doubt. Sometimes you have to guess. Sometimes… you just know.

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

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

The culmination of three trophies was the pinnacle of my career and it has been rewarded with a knighthood.

The decision is one that I have thought a great deal about and that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time.

The most important thing in a game like that is to win it.

The work of a team should always embrace a great player but the great player must always work.

There are members of the London press who seek to antagonise me, deliberately.

There obviously will be a point when I do quit and when it is I absolutely have no idea because I tried that, and it was an absolute disaster.

This team of champions is not going away – we are here for the long ride.

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

Wayne Rooney doesn’t score tap-ins.

We have to try to beat everyone.

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

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.

When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate I check under the sauce to make sure. They are the inventors of the smokescreen.

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

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.

You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well.

You can’t applaud a referee.

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