Alex Ferguson has been responsible for coining some unforgettable phrases and igniting huge rows during his time at Manchester United. Here are some of his greatest quotes.
On winning the Champions League final in the dying minutes against Bayern Munich in 1999.
“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell.”
On tackling Liverpool's league record in 2002
“My greatest challenge is not what is happening right at this moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their perch. And you can print that.”
His reaction to Rafa Benitez's infamous rant in 2009
“I think he was an angry man. He must have been disturbed for some reason. I think you have got to cut through the venom of it and hopefully he’ll reflect and understand what he said was absolutely ridiculous.”
On Pizzagate in 2004
“In the tunnel Wenger was criticising my players, calling them cheats, so I told him to leave them alone and behave himself. To not apologise for the behaviour of the players to another manager is unthinkable. It’s a disgrace, but I don’t expect Wenger to ever apologise, he’s that type of person.”
The statement on Leeds that prompted Kevin Keegan's famous 'I'd love it' rant
“I can’t understand the Leeds players. I’m absolutely in support of their manager (Howard Wilkinson). He doesn’t deserve his players. If they had played like that all season they’d be near the top. They raised their game because they were playing Manchester United. It was pathetic. I think we can accept any club coming here and trying their hardest, so long as they do it every week.”
On the reaction to Scolari's arrival at Chelsea in 2008
“I read that Scolari is more experienced than me. What have I been doing for the last 34 years? I must have missed something or been asleep somewhere. They are saying because of Scolari’s experience, Chelsea are going to win the league. I don’t understand that.”
On Manchester City's takeover and theur new-found wealth in 2009
“Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour. You cannot do anything about that. They will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.”
On the signing of Wayne Rooney.
“I am very excited. I think we have got the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years.”
His reaction to Rooney handing in a transfer request in 2010
“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.”
On kicking a football boot into the face of David Beckham in 2003
“If I’d tried it 100 times or a million times, it wouldn’t happen again. If it did, I would carry on playing.”
“Do you think I would enter into a contract with that mob? Absolutely no chance. I would not sell them a virus. That is a ‘No’ by the way. There is no agreement whatsoever between the clubs.”
On the first time he Ryan Giggs as a teenager
“He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.”
On the infamous grey kit in 1996
“The players couldn’t pick each other out. They said it was difficult to see their team-mates at distance when they lifted their heads. It was nothing to do with superstition. This club went 26 years without winning the league and we didn’t think about changing the red shirts. It’s nothing to do with that at all.”
On the nervy title battle with Arsenal in 2003
“It’s getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it.”
"He was certainly full of it, calling me 'Boss' and 'Big Man' when we had our post-match drink after the first leg. But it would help if his greetings were accompanied by a decent glass of wine. What he gave me was paint-stripper."
"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!"
On Rafael Benitez
"I think he is very concerned about his CV, he refers to it quite a lot."
On his bust-up with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
"The press have had a field day. The only person they have not spoken to is Barack Obama because he is busy."