When Alexander Chapman Ferguson joined Old Trafford on November 6, 1986, Manchester United had 7 league trophies, 6 FA Cups and 1 European Cup in their trophy cabinet. On May 19, 2013 when he managed United in his 1500th game, he had achieved what many top managers can only dream of.
Sir Alex Ferguson built many great teams in his 27 years at the helm at Manchester United. If Manchester United are the biggest and the most popular club in the world today, then it is all mainly because of the legendary Scot. His teams conquered all their great opponents over the two decades and maintained themselves at the summit. With his sheer hard work and brilliant man-management, he created a legacy and built the Manchester United brand using limited resources. Be it Wenger’s Arsenal or Mourinho’s Chelsea, Mancini’s Manchester City or Benitez’s Liverpool, Fergie consistently showed them who really is the boss.
During his tenure at Old Trafford, the inspirational British manager never looked back at what he has achieved but the Manchester United faithful will always remember what he did for the club. Here are a few quotes about Sir Alex Ferguson from players, colleagues and other well known personalities.
You may find another Beckham or Ronaldo, but never ever will you find another Sir Alex Ferguson.
– Eric Cantona
Sir Alex, you were my idol for a coach, and you are an example for all future generations.
What a career! Proud and honored to have been coached by Sir Alex Ferguson.
– G. Rossi
Those who hate or disrespect Sir Alex Ferguson , its only because he snatched away their dreams of winning.
– Eric Cantona
Maybe when I turn 60 and have been managing in the same league for 20 years and have the respect of everybody I will have the power to speak to people and make them tremble a little bit.
Manchester United are one of the best teams in the world and have been for a long time. That is because Sir Alex Ferguson has maintained winning trophies at the same time as re-creating out- standing teams. That is an art and I only have respect for him and what he has achieved. He is one of the best of all time.
– Pep Guardiola
I respect him and for me he’s the best coach I ever had.
– Cristiano Ronaldo
The main reason I loathe Sir Alex Ferguson is because he’s a winner. If he were a loser, I wouldn’t expend another nanojoule of energy hating the man. But he loses about as often as I think of Cherie Blair in a sexual way. And that is the real reason, if I’m honest, why I hate him. As the celebrated Indian philosopher Sri Chinmoy observed: ‘You hate someone who you really wish to love, but whom you cannot love.’ If Sir Alex were Arsenal manager, I would love him with a passion and ardour not seen since Tarzan first clocked Jane in her loincloths. Sir Alex has broken my heart more than any woman, and done it with an aggression, determination, arrogance, and defiant never-say-die zealousness that commands one word above all others: respect.
– Piers Morgan
Sir Alex, one of the best managers of all time. After 26 years of success in the game, we all owe him a tribute.
– Vincent Kompany
26 years. 38 trophies. Sir Alex Ferguson
– Michael Vaughan, retired English cricketer
Salute to Sir Alex Ferguson definitely the greatest premier league manager the country has ever seen. Correction greatest football manager ever.
– Shaun Wright Phillips
A great career fighting for the team! Admirable
– Rafael Nadal
Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest of all time! United will have a tough time trying to replace him!
– Rory Mcilroy
Stand up, put your hands together and give him a big round of applause! Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring. Congrats for an amazing career!
– Radamel Falcao
Sad day for football.The Great Man RETIRES. One of the GREATEST managers ever. SAF is one of the most infuential people that I have met.
– Tim Cahill