Elberse, Anita, and Thomas Dye. “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.” Harvard Business School Case 513-051, September 2012.
Have you seen the last six World Cups? It is better going to the dentist I suppose. The important thing is the Champions League has proved itself since its inception. It is better than the World Cup. It is unbelievable. There are some fantastic games. Yes, you have to get through the group stages before you get to the really exciting stage but it is a fantastic tournament.
~ Sir Alex Ferguson, 1 November 2010
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.
~ Sir Alex Ferguson on David Beckham
Roy Keane’s greatest performance came after he received a yellow card that would mean he could not participate in the Champions League Final if Manchester United could get there. Keane ensured that they did. Sir Alex Ferguson’s quote is the kind of praise that any player hopes for from their manager.
It’s getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it.
~ Sir Alex Ferguson, 2003
This classic quote was said during the closing weeks of the 2002 – 2003 season. “Squeaky-bum time” has since entered the general sports lexicon as the final and tense part of a sporting event or season.