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Saturday 27 December 2014

Alex Ferguson's greatest rants - on Mourinho, f******* idiots, Liverpool and Arsenal's Wenger

"They are a small club, with a small mentality" 
- Sir Alex on big-spending Manchester City
"They are a small club, with a small mentality" - Sir Alex on big-spending Manchester City

- Ferguson stirs things up a bit at City" >
"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."
- Ferguson stirs things up a bit at City

- Ferguson, again talking about Manchester City (City manager Mark Hughes pictured)" >
"All they can talk about is Manchester United."
- Ferguson, again talking about Manchester City (City manager Mark Hughes pictured)

- Sir Alex on the Italians" >
"When an Italian says it's pasta I check under the sauce to make sure. They are innovators of the smokescreen."
- Sir Alex on the Italians

- Ferguson doesn't think Italy is all bad" >
"You go to Milan and everyone's so stylish. Every woman who passes you by is Miss World. The whole atmosphere at these places is unreal."
- Ferguson doesn't think Italy is all bad

- Fergson on Jose Mourino" >
"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."
- Fergson on Jose Mourino

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

- Fergie after United's dramatic Champions League victory over Bayern Munich in 1999" >
"Football, bloody hell"
- Fergie after United's dramatic Champions League victory over Bayern Munich in 1999

- Sir Alex on officials" >
"You can't applaud a referee."
- Sir Alex on officials

- Sir Alex speaks about a teenage Ryan Giggs." >
"I remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind."
- Sir Alex speaks about a teenage Ryan Giggs.
Sir Alex Ferguson

- The United boss on Gary Neville" >
"If he was an inch taller he'd be the best centre half in Britain. His father is 6ft 2in - I'd check the milkman."
- The United boss on Gary Neville

- Ferguson on the media after he was criticised for signing Juan Sebastien Veron" >
"I'm not f****** talking to you. He's a f****** great player. Yous are f******* idiots."
- Ferguson on the media after he was criticised for signing Juan Sebastien Veron

- Fergie has a dig at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger" >
"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!"
- Fergie has a dig at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
"He's a novice - he should keep his opinions to Japanese football" - Again on Wenger, shortly after his arrival at Highbury

- Sir Alex on the news that Filippo Inzaghi (pictured) is the most offside player in the history of the game" >
"That lad must have been born offside."
- Sir Alex on the news that Filippo Inzaghi (pictured) is the most offside player in the history of the game

- Sir Alex dismisses the 2002/03 title as his greatest feat, instead endearing himself to Liverpool fans. He's pictured here with Liverpool legend Phil Thompson" >
"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."
- Sir Alex dismisses the 2002/03 title as his greatest feat, instead endearing himself to Liverpool fans. He's pictured here with Liverpool legend Phil Thompson

- Ferguson on kicking a boot that left David Beckham needing stitches" >
"It was a freakish incident. If I tried it 100 or a million times it couldn't happen again. If I could I would have carried on playing!"
- Ferguson on kicking a boot that left David Beckham needing stitches

- Ferguson on Barcelona after the 2009 Champions League final. He's pictured here congratulating Gerard Pique after the final whistle" >
"The credit to them, the better team won and there's nothing we can do about that now."
- Ferguson on Barcelona after the 2009 Champions League final. He's pictured here congratulating Gerard Pique after the final whistle

Not for the first-time is soon-to-be former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson grabbing the headlines.

The passionate Scotsman has never been one to shy away from confrontation - and some of his outbursts have gone down in the annals of football history.

We've pulled together some classic Ferguson rants and words of wisdom that suggest not.

 





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