Alex Ferguson quote

"At the last minute, from what I can gather, either Emmanuel Adebayor or his agent phoned us after they had agreed a deal with City and then did the same with Chelsea. He was desperate to get to either Chelsea or us."

Alex Ferguson

Born: December 31, 1941

Occupation: Manager

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All they can talk about is Manchester United.

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

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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.

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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.

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Look at me – it's taken 10 years off me today. It's these tablets, they're great!

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Football management is such a pressurized 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.

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Go make your mistakes in the first team. You'll learn more in a month in the first team than you will in two years in the reserves.

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Everyone remembers Stuart Pearce as a determined, aggressive player, who played with great heart and enthusiasm that gave him a great career in the game.

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We have to try to beat Everyone.

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We got anxious at the end of the weekend in our urgency to try to score the winning goal. Ended up playing far too many long balls forward. That style of play doesn't suit Manchester United. We must continue...

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Keeping players happy is not easy and I think anyone with a big squad will tell you that.

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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.

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

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

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Promise is one thing. Fulfilling that promise is quite another.

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

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

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

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

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It's a conflict of parallels.

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As long as there are games to play its not over

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As with every young player these days, Ronaldo is 18.

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The lads really ran their socks into the ground.

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It was our worst-ever day, the worst result in my history, ever. Even as a player I don't think I ever lost 6-1.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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That lad must have been born offside.

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Kindness is a universal language regardless of age, nationality or religion.

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

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You can't applaud a referee.

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I remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cockier spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.

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If he was an inch taller he'd be the best center half in Britain. His father is 6 ft 2 in - I'd check the milkman.

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I'm no f****** talking to you. He's a f****** great player. Yous are f******* idiots.

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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!

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My greatest challenge is not what's happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. And you can print that.

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The credit to them, the better team won and there's nothing we can do about that now.

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You can't do anything about them...

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He could start a row in an empty house.

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David Beckham is Britain's finest striker of a football not because of God-given talent but because he practices with a relentless application that the vast majority of less gifted players wouldn't contemplate.

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Everest in his slippers. That's what he was like.

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