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Alex Ferguson Quote: “Hard work will always overcome natural talent when natural talent does not work hard enough.”

Hard work will always overcome natural talent when natural talent does not work hard enough.

— Alex Ferguson



Alex Ferguson Quote: “Football, bloody hell!”

Football, bloody hell!

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles.”

Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I’ve never played for a draw in my life.”

I’ve never played for a draw in my life.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Only true champions come out and show their worth after defeat- and I expect us to do that.”

Only true champions come out and show their worth after defeat- and I expect us to do that.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Promise is one thing. Fulfilling that promise is quite another.”

Promise is one thing. Fulfilling that promise is quite another.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Once you shake hands with the devil, you have to accept they are in control.”

Once you shake hands with the devil, you have to accept they are in control.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “All they can talk about is Manchester United.”

All they can talk about is Manchester United.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “As long as there are games to play its not over.”

As long as there are games to play its not over.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “The work of a team should always embrace a great player, but the great player must always work.”

The work of a team should always embrace a great player, but the great player must always work.

— Alex Ferguson



Alex Ferguson Quote: “Distinguish between power and control, delegate, be decisive – and always remember people’s first names.”

Distinguish between power and control, delegate, be decisive – and always remember people’s first names.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France.”

I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “You start with what you believe in. I believe in building a football club rather than building a football team.”

You start with what you believe in. I believe in building a football club rather than building a football team.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Ronaldo could play for Millwall, QPR, Doncaster Rovers or anyone and he’d score a hat-trick. I’m not sure Messi could do it. Ronaldo’s got two feet, he’s quick, he’s good in the air and he’s brave, though Messi’s brave too of course. I just think Messi is a Barcelona player.”

Ronaldo could play for Millwall, QPR, Doncaster Rovers or anyone and he’d score a hat-trick. I’m not sure Messi could do it. Ronaldo’s got two feet, he’s quick, he’s good in the air and he’s brave, though Messi’s brave too of course. I just think Messi is a Barcelona player.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “The best have the courage and I say this all the time. The courage to take the ball all the time, the courage to make sure that they are not going to be intimidated by their opponents, and the courage to express themselves at all times and I think that all the great players have got that.”

The best have the courage and I say this all the time. The courage to take the ball all the time, the courage to make sure that they are not going to be intimidated by their opponents, and the courage to express themselves at all times and I think that all the great players have got that.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “There is no evidence that changing your managers repeatedly leads to success, but there is evidence at Manchester United, I was managing there for 26 years I won 38 trophies.”

There is no evidence that changing your managers repeatedly leads to success, but there is evidence at Manchester United, I was managing there for 26 years I won 38 trophies.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “The most important thing in a game like that is to win it.”

The most important thing in a game like that is to win it.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell.”

I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I’m-A-God-Look-At-Me.”

I’m-A-God-Look-At-Me.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Never give in or give up easily on a cause.”

Never give in or give up easily on a cause.

— Alex Ferguson



Alex Ferguson Quote: “We have to try to beat Everyone.”

We have to try to beat Everyone.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Kindness is a universal language regardless of age, nationality or religion.”

Kindness is a universal language regardless of age, nationality or religion.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don’t fly. They’re the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over – so it’s teamwork.”

I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don’t fly. They’re the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over – so it’s teamwork.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I always say prepare to be a coach to anybody who wants to be a coach. At 24 years of age when I left engineering to become full time in football, I made sure that I was never going back to engineering.”

I always say prepare to be a coach to anybody who wants to be a coach. At 24 years of age when I left engineering to become full time in football, I made sure that I was never going back to engineering.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Liverpool can play for only five minutes and win the game, that is the way they are. They pump the ball into the box and with good set-piece delivery they keep you under pressure.”

Liverpool can play for only five minutes and win the game, that is the way they are. They pump the ball into the box and with good set-piece delivery they keep you under pressure.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well.”

You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Players know that they can trust me which is really important. They know that I had the ability to adapt to change, and they have seen that many times over the years. I think these are important parts of being in control of footballers.”

Players know that they can trust me which is really important. They know that I had the ability to adapt to change, and they have seen that many times over the years. I think these are important parts of being in control of footballers.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I always said to the directors that the minute a player becomes more powerful than the manager of Manchester United, it’s not Manchester United. You have lost control of the whole club. So I always made sure that I was in control. They always knew who the manager was.”

I always said to the directors that the minute a player becomes more powerful than the manager of Manchester United, it’s not Manchester United. You have lost control of the whole club. So I always made sure that I was in control. They always knew who the manager was.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Sometimes you’re not sure about a player. Sometimes you doubt. Sometimes you have to guess. Sometimes you just know.”

Sometimes you’re not sure about a player. Sometimes you doubt. Sometimes you have to guess. Sometimes you just know.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “It was time for me to spend more time with my wife. I’m not saying I do spend more time with my wife, because she would throw me out of the house, but we have breakfast together. I never did.”

It was time for me to spend more time with my wife. I’m not saying I do spend more time with my wife, because she would throw me out of the house, but we have breakfast together. I never did.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Jose understands winning and losing are twins in a way. When you win you don’t gloat and when you lose you don’t go bananas.”

Jose understands winning and losing are twins in a way. When you win you don’t gloat and when you lose you don’t go bananas.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England. He’s got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him. There isn’t a player of his mould anywhere in the world. Paul is irreplaceable.”

I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England. He’s got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him. There isn’t a player of his mould anywhere in the world. Paul is irreplaceable.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I’ve got a temper if I need it. Nothing wrong with losing your temper, if it’s for the right reasons.”

I’ve got a temper if I need it. Nothing wrong with losing your temper, if it’s for the right reasons.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in your own field. It’s a fact. Right? And it never really works out that way.”

Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in your own field. It’s a fact. Right? And it never really works out that way.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I realized I was good at developing young people. Eventually I started to believe in young people. I think when you give a young person an opportunity, he always believes who gave him his first chance. You create a loyalty that lasts a lifetime.”

I realized I was good at developing young people. Eventually I started to believe in young people. I think when you give a young person an opportunity, he always believes who gave him his first chance. You create a loyalty that lasts a lifetime.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Go make your mistakes in the first team. You’ll learn more in a month in the first team than you will in two years in the reserves.”

Go make your mistakes in the first team. You’ll learn more in a month in the first team than you will in two years in the reserves.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I do believe in fate.”

I do believe in fate.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “If ever there was one player, anywhere in the world, that was made for Manchester United, it was Cantona. He swaggered in, stuck his chest out, raised his head and surveyed everything as though he was asking: ‘I’m Cantona. How big are you? Are you big enough for me?’”

If ever there was one player, anywhere in the world, that was made for Manchester United, it was Cantona. He swaggered in, stuck his chest out, raised his head and surveyed everything as though he was asking: ‘I’m Cantona. How big are you? Are you big enough for me?’

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “I don’t like losing but I’ve mellowed. I maybe have a short fuse but it goes away quicker now.”

I don’t like losing but I’ve mellowed. I maybe have a short fuse but it goes away quicker now.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “The culmination of three trophies was the pinnacle of my career and it has been rewarded with a knighthood.”

The culmination of three trophies was the pinnacle of my career and it has been rewarded with a knighthood.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Football management is such a pressurized thing – horse racing is a release. I’m also learning to play the piano – I’m quite determined – it’s another release from the pressure of my job.”

Football management is such a pressurized thing – horse racing is a release. I’m also learning to play the piano – I’m quite determined – it’s another release from the pressure of my job.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Manchester United might not win Premier League every year, but we’d always be up there competing for it every year.”

Manchester United might not win Premier League every year, but we’d always be up there competing for it every year.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt such an honor to be associated with such a player.”

It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt such an honor to be associated with such a player.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “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.”

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.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure.”

When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “They say he’s an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages! I’ve got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!”

They say he’s an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages! I’ve got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.”

If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Critics have always questioned whether players like Pele from the 50s could play today. Lionel Messi could play in the 1950s and the present day, as could Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff because they are all great players. Lionel Messi without question fits into that category.”

Critics have always questioned whether players like Pele from the 50s could play today. Lionel Messi could play in the 1950s and the present day, as could Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff because they are all great players. Lionel Messi without question fits into that category.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “Pippo Inzaghi was born in an offside position.”

Pippo Inzaghi was born in an offside position.

— Alex Ferguson


Alex Ferguson Quote: “He could start a row in an empty house.”

He could start a row in an empty house.

— Alex Ferguson

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