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
For all the managers, they need to know, only Mr. Ferguson can talk about the futures, can talk about the refs, can talk about all these things. Nothing happens.
We need to know I am talking about facts. I am not talking about my impression. Things everybody can see every single week.
~ Rafa Benitez, 9 January 2009
Classic rant from Rafa Benitez. Benitez is responding to complaints from Sir Alex Ferguson about Liverpool’s favorable treatment. Rafa proceeds to pull out a laundry list of “facts” that show why Manchester United is favored. The moral, as always, don’t mess Sir Alex Ferguson. If you want to make him mad, beat him!
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I apologize to the fans for getting sent off but no way was I pulling out of that tackle in a game of that importance. I’m sorry. I have also apologzsed to Sir Alex, just where I come from people don’t grass people up to get someone sent off.
~ Jonjo Shelvey, 22 September 2012
Via Twitter. Shelvey was sent off with a straight red card after going into a tackle with Jonny Evans with both feet. Evans went in for a two-footed tackle as well but only Shelvey was sent off. He was not happy with Sir Alex Ferguson for Ferguson’s part (if any) in getting him sent off.
For a club with their history, I’d get rid of him, I really would. He is a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club. That player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The history that club has got … and he does that today. It could have caused a riot.
~ Sir Alex Ferguson
Luis Suarez refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra after Suarez was banned for eight games for racial abuse. Evra was his accuser.
“I suppose inevitably Manchester United supporters are going to be asking whether a man of 70 is up to managing this great club. I have asked myself that, though the only answer is that proof of the pudding is in results. We have had our ups and downs in this campaign but overall the first half of the season has been as good as anything I’ve seen in the last 25 years. As someone who loves my job I am not about to let years alone dictate my future. At my age health becomes the key issue for a man’s work and I am happy to say I have been blessed with the stamina and energy to cope with a demanding job, one that has grown enormously since I first moved down from Aberdeen.”
~ Sir Alex Ferguson, 31 December 2011
On his 70th birthday, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side lost 3 -2 to the team at the bottom of the table, Blackburn Rovers. Despite the loss, it is hardly conceivable that anyone would question Ferguson’s abilities at this point, even at age 70.