If there’s one characteristic all players have it’s precisely that. They all have that gene, that competitiveness, the ability to overcome obstacles, to fight, a willingness to sacrifice. It might look easy to reach the top and stay there, to play for your country and win things, but it isn’t. All players that have achieved those things have that: the big ones, the small ones, the good-looking ones, the ugly ones, the nice ones, the not so nice ones … they all have that will to succeed.
~ Andres Iniesta, 9 Nov 2012
There is no room for criticism on the training field. For a player – and for any human being – there is nothing better than hearing ‘well done.’
Those are the two best words ever invented in sports. You don’t need to use superlatives.
~ Elberse, Anita, and Thomas Dye. “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.” Harvard Business School Case 513-051, September 2012.
Remember what this feels like and make sure they never get the chance to laugh at Manchester United again.
~ Sir Alex Ferguson, 13 May 2012
Manchester United looked to have the Premier League title locked up but were foiled by Manchester City’s last minute victory. The players and fans staggered out of the stadium looking bewildered. The nation laughed as United briefly celebrated and then were crushed by Sergio Aguero’s goal in the 92nd minute. City won the Title on goal differential. Sir Alex Ferguson, ever the motivator, told his men to remember the bitter taste of losing to City. One year later, United lifted the trophy for the 20th title.
It doesn’t matter who scored, as long as we won the game… I had to wait so long for my first title. It is a great feeling. It is a fantastic team and fantastic players. It is a championship for every single one of them. The staff, the managers, the physios. This is our 20th title, it is deserved.
Robin Van Persie, 22 April 2013
The Dutch striker had an incredible season and sealed United’s title with an impressive hat trick, including a goal of the season candidate. His hard work and absolute commitment pushed United past their rivals.
The players are heroes, they are heroes to me. I can’t speak highly enough of their performance tonight and they will go down in the history books of the club as the team who beat probably the best team in the world.
~ Neil Lennon, 8 November 2012
Celtic 2 – 1 Barcelona
Granted it was just the group stages, but it was still as big as Lennon says if Celtic make it to the knock-out round.