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

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"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

<b>"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."</b><br/>
- Ferguson stirs things up a bit at City

<b>"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."</b><br/> - Ferguson stirs things up a bit at City

&lt;b&gt;&quot;All they can talk about is Manchester United.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Ferguson, again talking about Manchester City (City manager Mark Hughes pictured)

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

&lt;b&gt;&quot;When an Italian says it's pasta I check under the sauce to make sure. They are innovators of the smokescreen.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Sir Alex on the Italians

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

&lt;b&gt;&quot;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.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Ferguson doesn't think Italy is all bad

<b>"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."</b><br/> - Ferguson doesn't think Italy is all bad

&lt;b&gt;&quot;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.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Fergson on Jose Mourino

<b>"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."</b><br/> - Fergson on Jose Mourino

&lt;b&gt;&quot;If Chelsea drop points, the cat's out in the open. And you know what cats are like - sometimes they don't come home.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Ferguson on Chelsea, and, er, cats

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

&lt;b&gt;&quot;Football, bloody hell&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Fergie after United's dramatic Champions League victory over Bayern Munich in 1999

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

&lt;b&gt;&quot;You can't applaud a referee.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Sir Alex on officials

<b>"You can't applaud a referee."</b><br/> - Sir Alex on officials

&lt;b&gt;&quot;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.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Sir Alex speaks about a teenage Ryan Giggs.

<b>"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."</b><br/> - Sir Alex speaks about a teenage Ryan Giggs.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

&lt;b&gt;&quot;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.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- The United boss on Gary Neville

<b>"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."</b><br/> - The United boss on Gary Neville

&lt;b&gt;&quot;I'm not f****** talking to you. He's a f****** great player. Yous are f******* idiots.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Ferguson on the media after he was criticised for signing Juan Sebastien Veron

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

&lt;b&gt;&quot;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!&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Fergie has a dig at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

<b>"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!"</b><br/> - Fergie has a dig at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

&quot;He's a novice - he should keep his opinions to Japanese football&quot; 
- Again on Wenger, shortly after his arrival at Highbury

"He's a novice - he should keep his opinions to Japanese football" - Again on Wenger, shortly after his arrival at Highbury

&lt;b&gt;&quot;That lad must have been born offside.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Sir Alex on the news that Filippo Inzaghi (pictured) is the most offside player in the history of the game

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

&lt;b&gt;&quot;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.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- 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

<b>"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."</b><br/> - 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

&lt;b&gt;&quot;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!&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- Ferguson on kicking a boot that left David Beckham needing stitches

<b>"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!"</b><br/> - Ferguson on kicking a boot that left David Beckham needing stitches

&lt;b&gt;&quot;The credit to them, the better team won and there's nothing we can do about that now.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt; 
- Ferguson on Barcelona after the 2009 Champions League final. He's pictured here congratulating Gerard Pique after the final whistle

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

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

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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