Sir Alex Ferguson Quote: Hard work is a talent, too

I tell players that hard work is a talent, too. They need to work harder than anyone else. And if they can no longer bring the discipline that we ask for here at United, they are out. I am only interested in players who really want to play for United, and who, like me, are bad losers.

~Sir Alex Ferguson

Elberse, Anita, and Thomas Dye. “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.” Harvard Business School Case 513-051, September 2012.

Sir Alex Ferguson Quote: Nothing Better than hearing ‘well done.’

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.

Sir Alex Ferguson Quote: Retirement Speech

The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organization in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long- term future of the club remains a bright one.

Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world. Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both director and ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future. I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential. My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me.

As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich. In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team.

Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy chief executive in David Gill. I am truly grateful to all of them.

To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honor and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson, 8 May 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson Quote: Remember…

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.