Alex Ferguson quote

"We have to try to beat Everyone."

Alex Ferguson

Born: December 31, 1941

Occupation: Manager

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He's fiery, he's competitive, ... I think it was an unfair booking, and Wayne reacts like this against injustice.

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Lampard, for me, was a marvellous servant for Chelsea, but I didn't think of him as an elite international footballer. And I am one of the few who felt Gerrard was not a top, top player.

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Jose was one of those guys on a surfboard who can stay longer on the wave than anyone else.

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Gianfranco Zola once sent Gary Pallister the wrong way to such an extent that he needed a ticket to get back in.

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We are very focused this time and our preparation has been better. We maybe made one or two mistakes last time, but not this time.

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Alex Ferguson

All they can talk about is Manchester United.

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Alex Ferguson

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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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.

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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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Pippo Inzaghi was born in an offside position.

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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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Alex Ferguson

They say it was Cesc Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but, to this day, I have no idea who the culprit was.

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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...

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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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Alex Ferguson

We have to try to beat Everyone.

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

It's a conflict of parallels.

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Alex Ferguson

As long as there are games to play its not over

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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

The lads really ran their socks into the ground.

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

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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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...

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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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It's great news. The reality of negotiations today is that they take time. But these have always been conducted in a good spirit and we are very pleased with the outcome. We can now look forward to the...

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

That lad must have been born offside.

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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is easily the best player in the world. His contribution as a goal threat is unbelievable. His stats are incredible. Strikes at goal, attempts on goal, raids into...

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Alex Ferguson

You can't applaud a referee.

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

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

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

He's a novice - he should keep his opinions to Japanese football

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

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

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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...

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Alex Ferguson

Jose understands winning and losing are twins in a way. When you win you don't gloat and when you lose you don't go bananas.

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

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I'm going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France.

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Alex Ferguson

It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him....

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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....

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Alex Ferguson

There has been a lot of expectation on Manchester City and with the spending they have done they have to win something. Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and have to live with it.

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Alex Ferguson

You can't do anything about them...

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Alex Ferguson

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.

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Alex Ferguson

He could start a row in an empty house.

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Alex Ferguson

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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Alex Ferguson

The pace of the game demanded a referee who was fit. It is an indictment of our game. You see referees abroad who are as fit as butcher's dogs. We have some who are fit. He wasn't fit.

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Alex Ferguson

He was taking 30 seconds to book a player. He was needing a rest. It was ridiculous.

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Alex Ferguson

I used to have a saying that when a player is at his peak, he feels as though he can climb.

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Alex Ferguson

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

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

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If ever there was one player, anywhere in the world, that was made for Manchester United, it was Cantona. He swaggered in, stuck his chest out, raised his head and surveyed everything as though he was...

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I bet him he wouldn't get 15 league goals and I'm going to have to change my bet with him. If he gets to 15 I can change it and I am allowed to do that because I'm the manager. I'm going to make it 150...

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Pardew has come out and criticized me. He is the worst at haranguing referees. He shoves them and makes a joke of it. How he can criticize me is unbelievable. He forgets the help I gave him, by the way....

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Sometimes you have to beat the Republicans before you beat the Democrats.

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They say that when you're the champs, everybody will try to beat you. Well, I'm glad we're champs, so bring'em on, bring'em all on. If we die, we ain't gonna die running. It's gonna be a fight.

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I have no problem whatsoever with allowing gay people to live as they please, as long as they don't try to impose their lifestyle on everyone else.

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